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What Zeesie Saw on Delancy Street

by Elsa Okon Rael
Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Published by Simon & Schuster, 1996
32 pages
ISBN: 0-689-80549-7

Ages 5 - 8

On her ninth birthday, Zeesie attends a package party with her parents, relatives, and neighbors. In the midst of all the excitement, she notices men taking turns going into a mysterious room. Her father tells her it's a money room where the heads of households can either leave or take money, according to their family's needs. Imagining that it must be filled with spakling jewels and treasure, Zeesie sneaks in to take a peek, and what she sees inspires an act of great generosity on her part. Set in a thriving Jewish neighborhood in the 1930s, both the story and the lively illustrations are filled with ethnic and historical details. CCBC categories: Picture Books; Historical People, Places and Events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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