Classroom Extensions

  • Find out more about the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. Which titles are mentioned in this chapter? Pick your favorite fairy tale and write your version of it as you remember it. You may also want to write a different ending.
  • Many people passed through Ellis Island on their trip to America. Where is Ellis Island and why was it important to so many people who came to this country?
  • Do you have a special place in your home, like Julie's "story room," where you can read or where someone reads to you? Describe that special place. What was the last story you read or that someone read to you? Tell someone else that story in your own words.
  • Julie's grandma came to America on a ship called the Kaiser Wilhelm. See if you can find whether there was a real ship with that name. If you have a relative, friend of the family, or classmate who came to the U.S. from another country, ask that person to tell you about the journey and write an article about his or her experiences. Send it to for possible publication on the Web. Remember to include in your article the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How.

Newspaper Activity

In her note, Cordelia Grimm stated that she was fleeing her home to come to this country. Look at today's news for articles about situations that might make people need to flee their homes. Discuss these situations with your classmates. How would you feel if you had to flee your home? Share your thoughts in an essay of 100 words or less. Send it to for possible publication on the Web. (Sunshine State Standard LA.C.3.2.3)

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15