Always an Olivia: A Remarkable Family History

Always an Olivia A Remarkable Family History An elderly black grandmother passes on the story of the family s Jewish origins to her young granddaughter Carol Olivia As family members flee the Spanish Inquisition are kidnapped by pirates and ev

  • Title: Always an Olivia: A Remarkable Family History
  • Author: Carolivia Herron
  • ISBN: 9780822570493
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An elderly black grandmother passes on the story of the family s Jewish origins to her young granddaughter, Carol Olivia As family members flee the Spanish Inquisition, are kidnapped by pirates and eventually sail to America, one daughter in each generation is given the name Olivia, from the Hebrew Shulamit meaning peace, to honor the Jewish part of their ancestry CriAn elderly black grandmother passes on the story of the family s Jewish origins to her young granddaughter, Carol Olivia As family members flee the Spanish Inquisition, are kidnapped by pirates and eventually sail to America, one daughter in each generation is given the name Olivia, from the Hebrew Shulamit meaning peace, to honor the Jewish part of their ancestry Critically acclaimed author Carolivia Herron Nappy Hair shares this engaging, multicultural tale is based on her own family s heritage.

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    1. This truly is a remarkable story! Young Carolivia visits her great-grandmother and hears the story of how and why she has her name. The story starts in the 1400s and presents a unique history of persecution against the Jews as Carolivia's ancestors are forced to move from Spain to Portugal and then again to Italy. In Italy, young Sarah is kidnapped by pirates who want to sell her in Africa to wealthy Jews living there. Instead she manages to escape with James, another pirate prisoner, and they f [...]

    2. Illustrator: Jeremy TugeauPublisher: Kar-Ben PublishingYear: 2007Interest Level: 1-3Reading Level: 2-4This historical fiction text reads more like a fairytale. The author shares her family's mixed heritage family story in this tale. The author, Carolivia Herron, is an African-American Jew. It is a picture book that does not have many details, as a tale usually does not. However, as a tale and a way to challenge preconceptions about both the African-American experience and the Jewish experience, [...]

    3. I would rate it 3.75.This book is written very well. It deals with the origin of a Jewish family and how they had to deal with persecution and discrimination starting from the Spanish Inquisition to the present day and how the name, "Olivia," is passsed down from generation to generation. It is a good book, however, don't judge a book by its cover. I thought it would be appropriate for young children (based on the illustrations), but after reading it I feel differently. In the book: a girl is ki [...]

    4. I had high hopes for this, as it was the only book I found that had a multicultural Jewish family (besides a few centering on adoption), but I felt that the story dragged in places and was definitely too much (kidnapping, slavery, etc.) for the age of children I read to (not that you can't talk to young children about those topics, my time with them is just too short). An older child might find it more fascinating.

    5. Carol Olivia’s great-grandmother tells her their African American family’s history in this book. Carol Olivia’s great-grandmother’s story follows her own great-grandmother, Sarah, who was Jewish. Sarah and her family were persecuted for being Jewish, and eventually Sarah is kidnapped by pirates since she is Jewish, but she escapes to the United States. Publication Date: 2007Age/Grade level: Preschool to 2nd gradeFormat: Print Book

    6. Interesting story on family history and the traditions passed on from generartion to generation. This book could be used when comparing and contrasting Judaism, or within discussing slavery. A great book for cultural studies.

    7. A great story of a family who has a great history of fighting against racial segragation. The characters stay positive even at the worst of times and find a future that can make us all happy. Grades K+

    8. I REALLY wanted this to be more- a grandmother who was alive when the slaves were freed and a tale that goes back to the 1700s in SpainI really wanted MORE.

    9. Fictionalized account of the author's family history of intermarriage between a Jewish Europeans kidnapped by pirates and free black settlers on island off the US southern coast. Interesting.

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