In The New World: A Family In Two Centuries

In the new worldRobert and Margarete Peters and their children Johannes, who is eight, and Dorothea, who is six, emigrate from Germany to the United States in 1869. They leave behind severe economic conditions, their farm, family, and friends. They can take only what they can carry in the one trunk allowed in steerage aboard the Teutonia. They land in New Orleans and join a wagon train headed west to Nebraska, where they establish a farm outside Omaha. The book ends with fifth generation, multiethnic descendants of Robert and Margarete, who live on the same farm in Omaha, traveling back to their ancestral home in Germany to uncover their history. Detailed, delicate, and crisp pencil and watercolor illustrations enrich the fascinating, well-organized, flowing text in this excellent resource for social studies classrooms. Decorative maps on the endpapers show each family’s journey.  mjw
Title: In The New World: A Family In Two Centuries
Author: Christa Holtei
: Gerda Raidt
: Charlesbridge Publishing
: 2015
Original Language
: German
: Susi Woofter
Original Title
: In Die Neue Welt: Eine Familiengeschichte in Zwei Jahrhunderten
Original Publisher
: Julius Beltz GmbH and Co. KG, Beltz Verlag
Original Copyright
: 2013
: 978-1-58089-630-6
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 5-10
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Germany and Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Author’s ethnicity
: German
Author’s residence
: Germany
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Germany
: Biography, Cultural identity, Emigration and immigration, Family life, Farmers, German Americans, Immigrants, Nebraska, United States 1800s

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