What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street

by Elsa Rael

Other authorsMarjorie Priceman (Illustrator)
Book, 1996



Call number

E 500 RAE



New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2000, c1996.


A young Jewish girl living on Manhattan's Lower East Side attends her first "package party" where she learns about the traditions of generosity, courage, and community among Jewish immigrants in the early 1900s.

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LibraryThing member nboria05
This story is about immigrants in New York in the 1930's. It talks about how everyone helped each other out and gave what they could and took what they needed. By holding these "package parties," people made it through tough times and had some joy in their lives!
LibraryThing member bnhays
This is a story of a Jewish girl names Zeesie who had a dollar.she went to a package party for the Zborovah Society. In the great ballroom, there was a door that the men would take turns going behind. Zeesie’s father told her that it was where men, depending o their financial situation, could
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leave or take money. They went one at a time so no one would ever know which they did. To her shame she watched as he said a prayer and took eight dollars. Feeling terrible for having seen what she knew she shouldn’t, she left her dollar in the box and snuck out.

This shows a very giving girl, hopefully this would rub off on the readers.
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LibraryThing member Klefort
Zeesie's character is very moral. When she sees her dad take eight dollars, she gives up her one dollar bill in hopes to make it right. I think reading this to younger children will help to establish a good sense of what is wrong and what is right.


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