In Anna Olswanger’s Greenhorn, a young Holocaust survivor arrives at a New York yeshiva in 1946 where he will study and live. His only possession is a small box that he never lets out of his sight. Daniel, the young survivor, rarely talks, but the narrator, a stutterer who bears the taunts of the other boys, comes to consider Daniel his friend.The mystery of what’s in the box propels this short work, but it’s in the complex relationships of the school boys that the human story is revealed.
In the end, Aaron, the stutterer, finds his voice and a friend in Daniel, and their bond offers hope for a future life of dreams realized, one in which Daniel is able to let go of his box. Greenhorn is a powerful story that gives human dimension to the Holocaust. It poignantly underscores our flawed humanity and speaks to the healing value of friendship. Families will want to read Greenhorn together.
Little did the 8 year old Jay knew that, that day, out on the open football field, one sunny afternoon he would learn the most important and valuable lessons on how to win the football and other difficult matches of life that too from the little ant who shared the secret. Read on and get ready to be inspired and motivated to make it big in your life as advised by a wise little ant.