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Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade: A Thanksgiving Story

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  39 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
In 1918 a deadly influenza epidemic was sweeping across America. The pandemic ravaged families, leaving thousands of children as orphans. But in the tenement apartments of New York City's Lower East Side, one young girl is determined to keep her family safe. While her mother is sick with consumption, nine-year-old Loretta (Rettie) Stanowski does all the cleaning, washing, ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 15th 2017 by Sleeping Bear Press
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Martha
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-6-non-fiction
One hundred years after the great influenza epidemic spread across America in 1918, the story of Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade makes a great Centennial story. The Ragamuffin Parade in New York City was created by immigrant children who dressed up like beggars and paraded around the city. Bystanders gave them food or pennies. It was a favorite day for these tenement children. For the heroine in this story Rettie, a nine-year-old girl whose mother was sick, her job evolved into taking care of h ...more
Barbara
Nine-year-old Rettie takes care of her family on the Lower East Side of New York City during an influenza outbreak in 1918. With her father off fighting in the war in Europe and her mother ill with consumption, Rettie hunts for good bargains while shopping in the street and dreaming of all the pennies she might snatch during a local event. When her apartment building is quarantined, Rettie volunteers to keep the stairways clean, and the nurse who is visiting the area is impressed with how orderl ...more
Peacegal
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a gorgeous book, a wonderful telling of time and place, and a thought-provoking message about just how easy we have it in our modern lives. Set in the slums of NYC in the World War 1 era, we read of young Rettie's selfless dedication to her family and her determination to give them a nice Thanksgiving.

Look closely for a tiny kitten who wanders throughout the pages, a ragamuffin herself, who eventually finds a loving home in Rettie's household. This is indeed based upon fact--even the mo
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Roben
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever heard of the Ragamuffin parade? I had not until I read Noble's book. Life was hard in 1918 New York City. Rettie’s papa was fighting in the war and influenza was sweeping the country. Rettie’s mom was sick (bur fortunately not with flu) so it was up to nine-year old Rettie to take care of her two younger sisters and baby brother. She cooked, she cleaned, and she washed rags for the rag picker. Rettie sets her hopes on the annual Ragamuffin Parade so she can gather up a few extra pe ...more
Spike's Place
The author does a good job weaving historical facts into this Thanksgiving story. One where readers will learn about the 1918 influenza pandemic, the poverty found in tenement life in New York, and the Ragamuffin parade (something I'd never heard of) that brought hope to children & struggling families. Click here to place a hold on this book in the library catalog.
Spike's Place
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author did a great job combining historical facts about the 1918 influenza pandemic, tenement life in New York City, and the Ragamuffin Parade (something I wasn't aware of) into this thanksgiving story.

Click here to place a hold on this book in the library catalog
Concetta Kellough
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of the Ragamuffin Parade, which this story is built around. Rettie is a young girl in 1918 who takes over the responsibility of supporting and taking care of her brothers and sisters while her mom is sick and her dad is fighting the war in Europe. She's hardworking and likable.
Joan Marie
The author does a good job of weaving historical facts into this Thanksgiving story. One where readers will learn about the 1918 influenza pandemic, the poverty of tenement life in New York, and the Ragamuffin parade (something I'd never heard of) that brought hope to children of struggling families.
Susan
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perfect Thanksgiving story
susan nolan
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grade-2-3
Fall book chat?? 9 year old main character
Debbie
Heartbreaking, Sad, Teaches an important lesson hopefully to the children who read the entire book.
Brenda Kahn
Poignant story gorgeously illustrated about the ragamuffin parade in NYC in 1918. Interesting author note follows.
Deanna
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting. A good story for all.
Amy Lafleur
Loretta "Rettie" Stanowski always looks forward to the ragamuffin parade and the pennies that she will get there - pennies that will help her family. Children dress up in rags and parade down the street. Rettie hopes the parade won't be canceled with flu spreading through New York City. Noble's text and Gardner's illustrations really capture the flavor of life in the tenements of New York City's Lower East Side. Read the fascinating author's note for the connection to Thanksgiving.
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