Book Review | Rebecca’s Journey Home
by Brynn Olenberg Sugarman

Score: 4

This book describes in wonderful detail and with beautiful illustrations the many steps the Stein family had to take in order to adopt a child from Vietnam. It describes how Le Thi Hong would become Rebecca Rose and then Rivka Shoshana. It describes how she would be Vietnamese, American and Jewish. It also describes her mother’s grueling trip to Vietnam and her arrival home with the new baby.  The illustrations are wonderful and provide the right pictures for each leg of the journey.

I work in a mikveh and I see children from all over the world brought in to be converted to Judaism after they have been adopted by a Jewish family. I was very excited to see a picture of the mikveh ceremony with the father taking the new child into the waters while family stood around and witnessed. Needless to say I loved this book and will be recommending it to the families who arrive at our door.

I recommend this book to Jewish libraries as the Jewish community is changing daily with the faces and experiences of children from all over the world. This would be a great introduction for families with young children to prepare them for a new arrival.

Grade Level: PK-3

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