A Suitcase of Dreams: Immigration Stories from the Skirball Cultural Center includes true accounts of Jewish immigrants as they traveled to the U.S. during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Written for ages 10 and up, this book helps young readers understand the strength our country derives from immigrants.
A Suitcase of Dreams traces the lives and careers of hardworking immigrants and highlights the accounts of such notable men and women as Levi Strauss, Albert Einstein, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The book celebrates their pioneering spirits and engages children and their parents by using discussion questions related to immigration today and using quotes from immigrants about their memories. These stories, in addition to full color illustrations of paintings, photographs, and artifacts from the Skirball Museum's Project Americana collection-which focuses on the everyday life of ordinary people in the U.S. since 1850-demonstrate how immigrants retain their own culture while adapting to a new land.
By Paperback, 32 pages