Anna & Solomon (Hardcover)
In 1897 a young man named Solomon fell in love with and married a beautiful young woman named Anna. They lived in Russia, which was dangerous at that time for a Jewish family, so Solomon moved to the United States, where he worked and saved until he had enough money to send Anna a ticket for the voyage across the ocean. But when Solomon went to meet Anna's ship, Anna's younger brother was waiting for him. Solomon took in her brother and worried and saved until he could send the money for Anna's passage again-but this time, Anna's older brother was waiting. When Solomon sent the money a third time and Anna's mother arrived, Solomon wondered if he would ever see his dear wife again. Anna & Solomon is based on the true story of the author's grandparents' immigration.
A Margaret Ferguson Book
About the Author
Elaine Snyder is the first grandchild of Anna and Solomon. She grew up a few blocks away from them in Brooklyn, New York. Ms. Snyder is an antiques dealer and lives in Westchester County, New York. Anna & Solomon is her first book.
Harry Bliss is the son-in-law of Elaine Snyder and the illustrator of many books for young readers, including the New York Times bestsellers A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech, Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, and A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee. He is also a cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine.
Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine. Bliss studied painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Illustration at The University of the Arts (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA). While not on tour promoting his picture books, Harry can be found drawing his internationally syndicated, single panel gag
cartoons entitled BLISS. Harry N. Abrams published Death by Laughter, the first collection of these extremely witty cartoons in Spring 2008 with an introduction by Christopher Guest. Harry lives in South Burlington, Vermont.
“* Bliss' easygoing, slightly cartoonish renderings capture the feel of the small Russian village as well as the crowded Lower East Side New York neighborhood where Solomon lives and effectively depict the gamut of emotions Solomon experiences . . . Young listeners will no doubt share Solomon's joy at the long-awaited happy reunion in this lovely love story.” —BCCB, STARRED REVIEW
“Snyder and Bliss have created an immigration story with elements both broadly universal and comfortably specific.” —The Horn Book
“Family stories don't always work for a larger audience, but this immigration tale, centered around Snyder's grandparents, will resonate for many” —Booklist
“An American story that is at once personal, timeless and universal. Lovely and uplifting.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Snyder is Bliss's mother-in-law, and together they've created a wonderful retelling of a family legend. Anna and Solomon are the stars of this story, but they also embody millions of others, who yearned, strived, and gambled everything on the promise of a better life.” —Publishers Weekly
“Bliss is in wonderful form;... he gives readers a sense of emotional immediacy and a much bigger picture.” —Publishers Weekly