Feivel's Flying Horses

Feivel's Flying Horses

Book - 2010
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A Jewish immigrant who is saving money to bring his wife and children to join him in America creates ornate horses for a carousel on Coney Island, one for each member of his family.
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., c2010
ISBN: 9780761339571
Branch Call Number: HYDE H
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Sterre, Johanna van der - Illustrator
Uniform Title: Flying horses


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Feb 04, 2018

This book follows Feivel, a wood carver, who has to leave his family in the old world to make a better life for himself and ultimately them in the new world. He is heart-broken to leave not only his wife but his four children, and is terrified that it will many years before he can send for them.

Once in the new world, he stays with relatives and finds a job as a wood carver. Reluctantly, he accompanies his cousin to Coney Island (he doesn't want to waste any money that could go towards his family's voyage). There, he is mesmerized by the carousel. He is delighted to see that they are looking for wood carvers, and he is hired on the spot.

He spends the next few years intricately carving horses which are inspired by his children. Each one has their own personality, some with intricate carvings, some with jewels, some with bright color. He finally gets to see his work come to fruition when the new carousel opens, but it's bittersweet; the horses remind him of the family he longs for. Fortunately, they are quickly reunited, as the money he has saved up over the last few years is enough to bring his family to him. The story ends with everyone in the family riding on the carousel Feivel carved.

The words and illustrations captured the mixture of heart-break, longing and quiet determination that so many immigrants had to have at the turn of the century. The colors popped just enough off the page to draw in the young reader- my young sons were staring intently at the illustrations of the horses.


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