The Endless Steppe: Growing Up In Siberia
  • The Endless Steppe: Growing Up In Siberia
  • The Endless Steppe: Growing Up In Siberia
ISBN: 006447027X
EAN13: 9780064470278
Language: English
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 6.9" L x 4.4" W
Weight: 0.25 lbs.
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This is the remarkable true story of a family during one of the bleakest periods in history, a story that radiates optimism and the resilience of the human spirit (Washington Post).

In June 1941, the Rudomin family is arrested by the Russians. They are accused of being capitalists, enemies of the people. Forced from their home and friends in Vilna, Poland, they are herded into crowded cattle cars. Their destination: the endless steppe of Siberia.

For five years, Esther and her family live in exile, weeding potato fields, working in the mines, and struggling to stay alive. But in the middle of hardship and oppression, the strength of their small family sustains them and gives them hope for the future.

The first winner of the Sydney Taylor Awards was Esther Hautzig's The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia, and 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of this powerful classic.

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   and an amazing true story as I remembered
I read it over 20 years ago in the middle school and stayed with me always. Now that I have my own daughter, who is 9, I bought this book and read it to her. It was just moving, educational and an amazing true story, as I remembered.
   A childhood favorite
I had lost the copy I had as a child, so I was thrilled to find it again in print form. She captures her experiences in such a way that it puts her heart and you feel for her. The fears, disappointments, joy, and accomplishments define the person she was and possessed a lot of inner strength.
   A Favorite Book of Mine Since I was 12 Years Old
I am now 62 years old and going through my books... exaggerating... Close to 200''. I found my original copy of this book, I had bought when I was 12, and it came apart,seriously ragged. I have ordered this copy, but I am still keeping my original. Yes, of course, I am... Some of the 200 books I have donated. ( -)
I had this book as a child and enjoyed reading it over and over again. I gave this new copy to a teenager who is not a huge reader, but enjoys this genre and also liked it. I chose this version because I am picky about typography and paper and had a good feel and look as well as a beautiful cover illustration. I'm glad that it is still in print form.
   This is my #1 favorite book. Absolute favorite.
This autobiography is suitable for young people, 7-12, but I give it as a gift to adults as well. It is a very moving story, written beautifully. The author persists in the face of numerous terrible struggles and rises above them all. It is a wonderful, inspirational story and life. And if you are a knitter, you will be amazed at what she does to earn a little bit of money.
   Wonderful memoir
My daughter read it as a 10 year-old and was fascinated. It is a vivid narrative of exile to Siberia from the point of view of the child that the author was at the time a kind of Russian Laura Ingalls Wilder. Anyone would be interested and amazed at how the narrator adapted from a comfortable urban home to a harsh Siberian life.
   Because it was about knitting
This book was recommended to me about knitting via another book. It was somewhat difficult to get hold of and there was very little about knitting, but what I saw left me amazed. Amazing how a child could do what she did is childish. Her graphic descriptions were heart-breaking and no doubt true.
   One of my favorite childhood books
I am trying to encourage my son to read more, and I recently remembered this wonderful book, recommended by my very literary grandmother at the time, which I read at the age of 9 or 10. I have ordered it for my son, but I reread it first! Our son is studying at his school about the Holocaust and I felt that this book is a necessary complement to the overwhelmingly depressing details of the Holocaust. This is a Jewish story of a fantastic family's struggles with deportation to Siberia and the ultimate victory. Nearly all of them survive and the family remains together the entire time. Their exile to Siberia turned out to be an incredible stroke of good fortune in the long run, though they suffered greatly. It is such an inspirational story told with a wonderful author's voice. I can not recommend this book highly enough ''.