What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street by Elsa Okon Rael

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package party,"" a feast where funds are raised for immigrants in the Jewish community, and quickly learns a valuable lesson in sharing after sneaking into a special room and witnessing something extraordinary.
 

About Elsa Okon Rael

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Rael has written several children's books based on her own childhood experiences growing up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Marjorie Priceman has won Caldecott Honors for her illustrations in ZIN! ZIN! ZIN! A VIOLIN by Lloyd Moss and HOT AIR: THE (MOSTLY) TRUE STORY OF THE FIRST HOT-AIR BALLOON RIDE, which she also wrote. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
 
Published January 1, 1996 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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The men at the party take turns going alone into the ``money room,'' where Papa says it's as much of a good deed ``to take what you need, as to give what you can,'' and where no one ever tells whether he's given money or taken it.

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The author's memories of childhood in a tenement on Manhattan's Lower East Side inspired this atmospheric picture book, of which PW said, ""Both art and text celebrate the secure feelings of a close-knit community."" Ages 5-8.

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