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Book Title: The Memory Coat|
The author of the book: Elvira Woodruff
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 742 KB
Edition: Scholastic Press
Date of issue: March 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780590677172
Read full description of the books The Memory Coat:The Memory Coat is a historical fiction about a Jewish family fleeing from Russia to escape persecution, and they went through one of the famous inspection station at Ellis Island. It was important that they leave a good impression in order not to be turned away, so they emphasized the importance and how a tattered coat may make a boy look sick and be sent back to Russia. However, he found his way to keep the coat and they were able to enter the country. The determination the boy expressed and in the dialogue helped the family come to a new country and keeping a memento. I love how expressive the characters were and the illustrations complimented with the story and gave the book an overall effect. The warm and realistic illustrations made it even more real where it felt like you were watching a documentary. The illustrations complimented with the story, because there were moments it was like black and white as if they felt hopeless, but full of color again for Grisha when he was determined to pass through Ellis Island. There was no negative stereotype and I found it informative and interesting. I found this book interesting, because it gave me a historical side where the family was fleeing from a country. One of the most popular picture books I found were about their experience and struggle in the new country, because their family saw an opportunity. However, this book gave a perspective of the process and struggles when they are immigrating to the country. When the students are reading this picture book, they are seeing the immigrant experience and the struggle the characters had to go through in the late 19th and early 20th century, because some of the students were born in the country and hopefully they can empathize by talking about if there was a similar situation. We can also discuss this in contemporary issues.
Read information about the authorWell-known for her popular children’s stories, author Elvira Woodruff had a long route to becoming a writer. In fact, one of her first jobs after leaving college was driving an ice cream truck. She has also worked as a receptionist, a janitor, a window dresser, a gardener, a shop owner, an assistant librarian, a waitress, and a storyteller. After working for several years in the children’s room of a library, Woodruff began writing professionally at the age of 35, and hasn’t stopped since.
Elvira Woodruff has always had a great imagination. She recalls, “my father was a truck driver and I would love to sit in his truck and imagine all the places he’d been. I’d sit behind the wheel, my head barely reaching the steering wheel and pretend that I was on the open road, off on some grand adventure to faraway places like Long Island, or Jersey City.”
Today, Woodruff believes that “what you have to do as a writer is to feel, look, and listen. Your stories then become a celebration of those observations. And, most important, a writer needs to fall in love. I’m constantly falling in love—with colors, with flowers, with wings, with bubbles, with mud, with goofy baby smiles. . . . When you’re writing under the influence of love, there’s a power that will weave your words into magic.”
Born and raised in New Jersey, Elvira Woodruff has also lived in Boston, Massachusetts. She has two sons, Noah and Jess. When she isn’t writing, Woodruff likes gardening—especially with blue flowers—and enjoys traveling. “[One] year I fell in love with Leonardo daVinci and flew to Italy where I rented a car and traced his footsteps from Vinci to Florence and Milan.” She also spends a lot of her time visiting schools and libraries, sharing her ideas about writing with children.
Elvira Woodruff’s book, Dear Napoleon, I Know You’re Dead, But . . ., is a clever and funny story about a boy who writes a letter to Napoleon Bonaparte for a class project, and receives a surprising reply. It has been included in numerous child-voted state award programs, including the Mark Twain Book Award program (Missouri), the Sequoyah Children’s Book Award program (Oklahoma), and the West Virginia Children’s Book Award program.
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