Looking for Me

untitledLooking for Me
By Betsy Rosenthal
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2012.
166 Pages.
Grades 4-7
This is a heartwarming story of an eleven year old girl, Jewish girl named Edith during the Great Depression. She is number four–the fourth of twelve siblings. That is one really big family! After being given an assignment of to write about her family the teacher returns the paper and tells her she forgot to write about herself! Edith said that is because she does not know who she is and where she fits in.
Sometimes she a mom replacement for many younger siblings while mom and the older children work at the family diner. Then when mom stays home, she becomes a “slave’ at the diner. Edith can not find who she is in the desperate times of the Great Depression. It is a great quick read as it is written in free verse and gives the reader a look into big family life, being Jewish and the Great Depression.

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