In the Promised Land: Lives of Jewish Americans

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HarperCollins, Apr 12, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 31 pages
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A magician plunges into the Mississippi River with wrists manacled together.

A doctor comforts children before injecting them with an experimental vaccine he hopes will save the lives of millions.

A law student, turned away from the Harvard library where women are not allowed, begins a career fighting for equal rights that leads to her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

These defining moments, described in vivid detail, introduce young readers to Harry Houdini, Dr. Jonas Salk, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as ten other distinguished Jewish Americans. By focusing on one key scene from each of thirteen people's lives, ac-claimed author Doreen Rappaport and noted artists Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu give young readers an exciting introduction to the great history of Jewish Americans.

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About the author (2005)

Doreen Rappaport is well known for her groundbreaking approach to multicultural history and literature for young readers. Her many books include Victory or Death: Stories of the American Revolution; We Are The Many: A Picture Book of American Indians; and Martinís Big Words, winner of the Jane Addams Book Award. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and a rural village in upstate New York.

Cornelius Van Wright is an illustrator for children's books and publications. He works with his wife Ying-Hwa Hu (also an illustrator) on many assignments. Their work has been selected to exhibit with the Bologna Art Show and has appeared in The Society of Illustrators Original Art Show. He and his wife reside in New York City with their 2 children.

Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu have illustrated many distinguished picture books, including Jewels, by Belinda Rochelle (Dutton), which was selected as a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. The couple lives in New York City with their daughter and son.

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