Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman

When his great-granddaughter visits for the first time, a man reminisces about the life he left behind in Italy.   They both bond as he tells her the story of how his father left to go to America.  Because he could not read or write, the man used objects for events in his life and stored them in matchboxes to serve as his diary of memories.  Then his father sends for the family and they make the journey through to Ellis Island.  He shares with his great-granddaughter his struggles with reading and how he came to open a bookstore and antique shop later in life. 
Reviewed by Mrs. Bruno at Arongen

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