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The Matchbox Diary

Paul Fleischman

An elderly man shows his great-granddaughter the history of his life through objects he saved in a matchbox - an olive pit it from his home in Italy, a fish bone from working in a factory, a ticket to a baseball game. Pieces of moveable type represent his literacy and achievement in the new world. Written in dialogue, Fleischman has created a believable and touching view of the immigrant experience. Ibatoulline’s detailed acrylic illustrations show modern scenes as well as past memories. Fascinating and inspiring. Ages 6-10