If Your Name Was Changed At Ellis Island

by Ellen Levine

Paperback, 1994



Local notes

325.1 Lev




Scholastic Paperbacks (1994), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 80 pages


Describes, in question and answer format, the great migration of immigrants to New York's Ellis Island, from the 1880s to 1914. Features quotes from children and adults who passed through the station.

Physical description

80 p.; 8.9 x 7.3 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member riofriotex
NOT recommended. Thankfully out of print, as it perpetuates the myth (with its title and section near the end) that names were changed at Ellis Island and other immigration ports of entry in the 1800s and 1900s. They almost always were NOT changed there. If changes were made, they happened when the
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ship's manifest was made (so either a mistake writing it down, or the passenger gave the information). The immigration officials at Ellis Island and other ports of entry had to match up people with names as entered on the manifest. Many immigrants did change their names, but usually well after arrival, to make them easier to spell or pronounce, or to "fit in" better.
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LibraryThing member pacifickle
Ellis Island was the main immigration port for the United States from the 1890s to the 1910s. This children's book outlines the process for immigrants coming to America: where they left from, the journey, arriving at Ellis Island, and what they did after they left the Island. The book structure
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follows a question and answer structure, answering good questions like what the immigrants brought with them, how their names may have been changed, and what happened if they didn't speak English. It also shows the perspective of the immigration agents, which was especially interesting to me- to process the amount of people they had coming in, they gave a "six-second medical exam" to determine for any contagious diseases and mental defects. The books also talks about some agents who would let people slip by with a kind smile and good wishes. The illustrations seem dated, and the book would really come to life with better renderings, but it's interesting to see the view of New York coming from across the Atlantic, and to see the Grand Hall where immigrants split up to go either into New York or for quarantine. The amount of information and text make this book more appropriate for an older child, but would be perfect as research for a project on immigration or family history. My curiosity about Ellis Island led me to EllisIsland.org, a website where you can search for your own relatives!
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LibraryThing member MelAKnee
There are many questions a child might have if they were to take a field trip to Ellis Island. This book answers them all. In fact it asks the questions for you! There is tons of information on the details of what might happen to an immigrant upon entering Ellis Island. From what the immigrants
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were to expect, to the types of foods and medical care they would receive upon detainment.
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LibraryThing member embarnes
Ellis Island is a place where immigrants would go to be processed before coming to American. Ellis Island was opened in 1892 and closed in 1954. Ellis Island is about what the immigrants went through to get to American.
This is a great history book for children and adults to read. I learned so much
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from this book. I would definitely have this book in my classroom.
I would have the children help cook some of the foods mentioned in the book and then taste them. I would have them make a list of things they would take with them if they had to leave their home.
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LibraryThing member jaelynculliford
This book is perfect for students who want to know more about Ellis Island. The book is setup by the chapter titles as the questions. The questions are great for the students to really get know what happened during those years at ellis island, or america in general. Perfect for your history book
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collection in your classroom library.
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LibraryThing member mnorth2
In this children's book, the topic covered is Ellis Island. Once you got to Ellis Island your name was changed to make your name sound less foreign and more "Americanized". This books talks about life at Ellis Island was like as the center for immigrants coming to live in America.
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This book is very informative and highlights the struggles that the immigrants from Europe dealt with as they came into the Unites States. The detail given and the way it was written was very powerful and really did portray the feeling on someone going to Ellis Island.
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