When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest


When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest

Set at the turn of the 19th century, this is the story of a young girl's adventure. Voyaging across the sea to a new life in America, Jessie leaves behind her village home and her beloved Grandmother, to whom she entrusts a precious keepsake, hoping that one day they will be reunited.


Brings alive a period and it's people so immediately, it's almost painful... This is an arresting piece of work that takes the picture book into another dimesion. Scotland on Sunday This gentle, romantic story ends on a note of aching joy that brought a tear to the eye of this reviewer. The Irish Times

About the Author

Amy Hest

Amy Hest was born in New York City and raised on Long Island. She is the author of more than thirty books for young readers including When Jessie Came Across the Sea, illustrated by P.J. Lynch, and Kiss Good Night, Sam, a New York Times bestseller. She is a three-time winner of the Christopher Medal and winner of the Boston Glove-Book Award. She lives in New York. www.amyhest.com Helen Oxenbury is among the most popular and critically acclaimed illustrators of her time. Her numerous books for children include Smarties Book Prize-winning Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell; We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen; as well as her classic board books for babies. She won the Kate Greenaway Medal for Alice in Wonderland. Her most recent picture book was the critically acclaimed There's Going to Be a Baby, the first book-publishing collaboration between her and her husband John Burningham. Helen lives in London, NW2.

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Publication date

4th October 1999



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