Changes for Rebecca

Rebecca thinks it s a grand idea to make a movie with her cousin Ana, but when gentle Ana plays the role of a cruel factory boss, the fun turns sour Later Rebecca goes to the factory where Ana s brother and father work, and she s horrified at the terrible conditions but she knows the workers desperately need their jobs There s got to be a way to make things better at theRebecca thinks it s a grand idea to make a movie with her cousin Ana, but when gentle Ana plays the role of a cruel factory boss, the fun turns sour Later Rebecca goes to the factory where Ana s brother and father work, and she s horrified at the terrible conditions but she knows the workers desperately need their jobs There s got to be a way to make things better at the factory, and Rebecca is determined to do her part even if it means marching straight into danger Includes an illustrated Looking Back section about the labor movement in Rebecca s time.
Changes for Rebecca Rebecca thinks it s a grand idea to make a movie with her cousin Ana but when gentle Ana plays the role of a cruel factory boss the fun turns sour Later Rebecca goes to the factory where Ana s broth

  • Title: Changes for Rebecca
  • Author: Jacqueline Dembar Greene
  • ISBN: 9781593695309
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Changes for Rebecca”

    1. Another in the series featuring Rebecca Rubin, child of Jewish immigrants in the last century, this story once again features Ana, the cousin who has just fled Europe with her family. Now Ana's father and brother work under horrendous conditions in a coat factory, and when they decide to strike, Rebecca impulsively speaks publicly on behalf of the workers and is injured. Naturally, everything works out in the end and Rebecca is not punished further for disobeying her parents. The book does not s [...]

    2. This review is from teh perspective of a mother. I am reading the Rebecca series to evaluate when they will be appropriate to share with my daughter. Here's another one that requires suspension of disbelief at the way they integrated Rebecca into the issues of the time, but I'm sure it provides enough adventure for the target audience! The opening of the book, with its emphasis on the conditions of factory life, was very realistic without glossing anything over. Rebecca really gets the rose-colo [...]

    3. In this book Rebecca sees the unfairness in factories and wants to make a change.I really loved the Rebecca series. I didn't think I was going to like it as much as I did. Its written in a way that really pulls in the reader. I liked all the characters presented throughout the series.Rating all the American Girl Historical Characters 1. Caroline2. Felicity3. Marie - Grace4. Samantha5. Rebecca 6. Josefina7. Addy8. Cécile9. Kirsten10. Kaya

    4. 3.5 This was the most unrealistic of the Rebecca series. I definitely enjoyed it but the kids acted a lot more 21st century in this book than early 20th century. I do however really appreciate the history presented in the story.

    5. dude. this book? ruled! okay, so the set up is this: rebecca's cousin ana & her family just emigrated to the states from russia. as new struggling immigrants, they live in tenement on the lower east side & ana's father & oldest brother work long hours in a coat factory/sweatshop. rebecca gets permission to stay the night at ana's apartment, & they sleep out on the fire escape because it's so hot & stuffy inside. during his off hourse, ana's father, who is a skilled cabinet ma [...]

    6. Green, Jacqueline Dembar. Changes for Rebecca. Characters: Rebecca Rubin, 10 year old Jewish-American; Ana, Rebecca’s ten year old cousin and and a Russian immigrant; Uncle Jacob and Josef, Ana’s father and brother who are factory workers; Lily and Max, Rebecca’s movie actor friendsSetting: New York Theme: juvenile perspective; 20th century New York; immigrant life; social justice and work reformGenre: historical fiction; children’s literature; Jewish literatureSummary: Rebecca uncovers [...]

    7. Where some of the previous books in this series were mostly for fun, this book was far more serious. Rebecca's uncle and cousin work in a factory where they are treated poorly. When the workers strike, Rebecca decides to make a stand for the workers.This, since it's the last book in the series ties up all the dangling ends. (view spoiler)[Although Josef and Jacob lose their jobs as a result of the strike, the owner of the factory agrees to sit down with the organizers. The other workers will hav [...]

    8. The entire story centers around Rebecca's relatives working at a sweatshop, and how terrible the conditions are there. Rebecca's relationship to this problem becomes very serious when the workers at the shop go on strike, and she sees just how much power the big fat-cat owners have as they bring in hired goons to physically attack the strikers. The police arrive and they, also, support the owners, arresting the strikers.Rebecca herself becomes directly involved and is injured for her effort. Als [...]

    9. I'd like this book better if it didn't require me to suspend my disbelief yet again in this series. Usually your average AG character has a moment, maybe two, where you tell yourself that for the good of the story, you just have to go with it. Previously Rebecca is cast in an actual movie, and while she doesn't get a screen credit, she is in a real movie as more than a blink-and-you-miss-her character.So when I'm asked to believe that she then meets one of the important people in the factory wor [...]

    10. Rebecca stands up to unfair working conditions. She also gets brave enough to finally tell her family that she secretly starred in a movie and announce her career aspirations to be an actress. Everything tied up/worked out pretty nicely for Rebecca and her extended family in this last book in her series: cousin Max announces his engagement to Lily and their relocation to a movie studio in Hollywood, Rebecca's uncle lands a job in carpentry, and at the Labor Day picnic Rebecca stands in the spotl [...]

    11. Here Rebecca learns about the terrible conditions in the factory where her uncle and cousin work. She wants to help, and she does get involved in a perilous situation. I actually liked this book the best of the series; the focus on workers' rights and activism for change is appropriately geared toward an older-elementary audience. Unfortunately, my kindergarten kid was pretty bored. I hope she'll read this again on her own in a few years and get more out of it.Rebecca is still my favorite Americ [...]

    12. This series ended up covering the same awful labor conditions of the early 20th century as the Samantha books. There's even the same distance from the problem (it is Samantha's best friend who is forced into child labor, while Rebecca's uncle and cousin face sweatshops). And yet, Rebecca manages to tie that labor struggle in with the lot of immigrants, the emerging film industry, and struggle to find identity. By contrast, Samantha's attempts at class consciousness and women's rights seem too me [...]

    13. We really liked the Rebecca series. They were very well-written and addressed topics like silent films and better conditions for factory workers while weaving in Jewish traditions and practices. Abby liked how Rebecca speaks up in the end to her family about her desire to become an actress. Rebecca is brave and knows what she wants to do--a good message for young girls.

    14. This book was one of my lest and must favets in the Rebecca secer's I don't like it that in 1914 that if work's went on strik that the bos of the fatere could just call in men to beet them up and the just comeing in and arteing the striker's I mean they went the one's doing enthing ron and treing a rok at a ten year old gril I mean how low could a persen senk.

    15. Rebecca's uncle and cousin work at a factory and are treated horribly, the factory workers are all going on strike. Uncle Jacob is afraid of losing his job and their home, but there are few choices, they work such long hours at such little pay. As Rebecca learns about the conditions in the factories, she's determined to do something to help.

    16. I think girls would be inspired by Rebecca's bravery. And having recently visited a home sweatshop on the Lower East Side in a tenement building this book brought to life what I'd already seen in person.

    17. At first when I started to read this book, I thought that she and her cousin Ana would get into a fight, but then I found out that they didn't. I read this book on the trip to NE I read most of it at the motel. But then read the rest of it in the van on the way home. I really enjoyed reading it.

    18. age range 10-13 girls. Rebecca tries to help make factores a better place to work after she vists her uncles work to bring him supper. It's a wonderful ending to the series. Here are the first 5 books.

    19. Last in the American Girl series about Rebecca Rubin. Rebecca becomes a spokesperson for unionization of garment workers.

    20. This book treats seriously the idea of unfair working conditions in factories and about speaking up for fairness.

    21. I liked the inclusion of the strikes in Rebecca's final book, and the tenements. This really shows a dark side of NYC and pushes boundaries in a way AG has not previously done.

    22. Ana's family works in an unfair factory. They only get paid one dollar a week. Rebecca tries to help but a goon threw a rock at her face. She is honored because of her bravery.

    23. Rebecca' s remarkable life continues as life as a factory worker in the early twentieth century is exposed.

    24. Great read for American Girl Fans who plan to see the Child Labor exhibit at the Elmhurst Historical Museum opening Jan. 9, 2015.

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