Looking for Me

by Betsy R Rosenthal

Book, 2012



Call number

J 770 ROS



Boston Houghton Mifflin 2012


One of twelve siblings growing up in Depression-era Baltimore, Edith isn't quite sure of who she is. Between working at her father's diner, taking care of her younger siblings, and living in the shadow of her more mature sisters, she feels lost in a sea of siblings. When a kind teacher encourages Edith to be a teacher herself one day, Edith sees prospects for a future all her own. Full of joy, pain, humor, and sadness, this novel in verse is an enduring portrait of one family's pursuit of the American dream.

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LibraryThing member alaina.loescher
This would be a great book for teaching kids about poetry in that there are many different arrangements of prose but none of them abide by the standard, rhyming poetry that kids expect. Also, this book could be used as a history lesson about The Great Depression and why people were fleeing from
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their own countries to The United States. There are also cultural lessons to be learned about the Jewish people. Overall, this could be a great book that inspires interdisciplinary learning. I do have to say, Melvin passing away took me by total surprise and it made me shed some tears; this would be a tough books to teach because of its emotional factor but I think this makes it even more worth studying it.
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LibraryThing member rjrubylou
Summary: Edith is one of twelve children in one family. She just wants to find her place in a family where she's not quite as mature as her sisters above her, but still has the responsibilities of caring for younger siblings. Dad owns a diner and Edith will eventually be expected to take her place
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in line in the family business in Baltimore, but one day her teacher takes notice of her and suggests that Edith might some day make a fine teacher. Edith is given hope in the midst of her trying to fit in somewhere in this world.
Personal Response: I liked this book. It was simply written, yet seemed forced at times (meaning the poetry and form seemed forced) but overall, it was a nice story. This was not, however, my favorite book written in verse, but I read it at the recommendation of two other librarians. The idea of this girl being "stuck" in the middle of so many siblings, and her desire of being noticed as an individual by her parents was realistic. I am only one of four children, and I sympathized with the character and understood how she felt. I was involved enough in this story to feel a connection with the various trials that she underwent, and I was very proud of her success in the end.
Curriculum Connection: I know for a fact that 4th-6th grade girls will eat this book up. They love books in verse, and there is an excellent lesson to learn about making one's self valuable in the world they live in. The emotional depth of this book will really draw readers in and the simplicity of the writing makes this accessible for almost all middle readers.
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