The Woodcarver's Daughter

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 7
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

After a pogrom forces Batya’s Russian Jewish family to leave their home and make the journey to America, Batya hopes her new life will offer her a chance to become a woodcarver like her beloved father. But while many things in America are different from the world of her shtetl, one thing seems to be the same: only boys can be woodcarvers. Still, Batya is determined to learn. With the same perseverance that helped her family survive and start over in an unfamiliar land, Batya sets out to carve a place for herself.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
Category Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Immigration & Refugees, Diversity, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2021-04-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV039120, JUV016150
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 650
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, and Reviewed


Historical Novel Society

“This story teaches about many interesting topics: Russian pogroms, immigration, woodcarving, carousels, Jewish culture, deafness, gender issues, and much more.” — Elizabeth Caufield Felt, Historical Novel Society

Kirkus Reviews

“Charming, warming girl power in early-20th-century immigrant New York.” — Kirkus Reviews

AJL Newsletter

“The Woodcarver’s Daughter introduces children to a period of contemporary Jewish history in a well-written, entertaining and detailed way.” — Ilka Gordon, AJL Newsletter, Beachwood, OH

Author: Yona Zeldis McDonough

Yona Zeldis McDonough was born in Hadera, Israel, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Educated at Vassar College and Columbia University, she is the author of eight novels for adults. Her short fiction, essays, and articles have appeared in many national and literary publications. She is the fiction editor of Lilith Magazine, a feminist, Jewish magazine.

Illustrator: Kaja Kajfez