When Jessie Came Across the Sea

Author:  Amy Hest
Illustrator:  P.J. Lynch


Thanksgiving – a holiday with a wealth of tradition.  Perhaps most important is our desire as families to gather together.  Food and frivolity abound.  But for many in the world, these traditions are only a luxury.

In a poor Eastern European village, thirteen-year-old Jessie, a Jewish orphan, is separated from her precious grandmother and sent to America to live with an Aunt. Finding her world completely changed,  she now earns money by sewing lace as her grandmother taught her.  She thinks of her grandmother often and carefully saves her hard-earned coins from sewing lace to  send for her grandmother’s passage to America.


It’s every family’s desire – to gather together.  That is something for which to be truly thankful.

P.J. Lynch’s watercolor paintings are absolutely beautiful and a perfect accompaniment to the story. Each page captures the drama of the immigrant experience as well as the emotions this little girl is feeling.  You will be captivated.

Mary Byrne Kline

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