In Ekaterislav, award-winning author Jane Yolen writes about her father's family journey from a small shtetl in the Ukraine in the early part of the twentieth century, through the Ellis Island portal, to a home in New Haven, Connecticut. Her father, only seven at the time, grew up wholly American and never spoke to her of the family's passage. Here, through these brilliant poems, she pieces together a history of her family.Her poems are a celebration of passage, of ritual lost and then found, of a family who left a land of custom and arrived at a place of opportunity. As she says in the poem Round Frame : All those years Ekaterislavwas lost to me, when I could have celebratedUkrainian winters, learned words of love, fashion, passion, paternity; how to season the fish with pepper, t sugar;how to cut the farfl from flat sheets of dough.All I had was New Haven. Until she comes to understand with the words of the final poem, Rebirth I have written thesepoems as resurrection.I have molded these wordsto reinvent moment and memory.I have crafted these short linesfor the ones who come after, my children's children.For them I've created, recreated really, a lifetime, a country, a shtetl, a home. I can do more. Jane Yolen, often called the Hans Christian Andersen of America, is the author of over three hundred books, including Owl Moon and The Devil's Arithmetic, many of them prize-winners, including the Jewish Library Association's top hor.
Jane Yolen: Jane Yolen, often called the Hans Christian Andersen of America, is the author of over 300 books, including OWL MOON, THE DEVIL'S ARITHMETIC, and HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODNIGHT. The books range from rhymed picture books and baby board books, through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction, and up to novels and story collections for young adults and adults, and two books of adult poetry. Her books and stories have won an assortment of awards--two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott, the Golden Kite Award, three Mythopoetic awards, two Christopher Medals, a nomination for the National Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award, among others. She is also the winner (for body of work) of the Kerlan Award, the World Fantasy Assn. Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Catholic Library's Regina Medal. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates. If you need to know more about her, visit her website at: www.janeyolen.com