The Irish Dresser
A Story of Hope Durning the Great Hunger (An Gorta Mor, 1845-1850)
During the Irish Famine from 1845 to 1850 over a million people perished due to hunger and fever. Thousands of ships brought more than two million Irish people to North America in search of food. The Irish Dresser is the saga of the McCabe family who struggle to survive during this difficult time. When thirteen-year-old Nora McCabe crawls into the old dresser that sits next to the hearth holding a few pieces of her mother s china, she dreams of luscious cakes and fairies as hunger pains grip her. It is in the dresser that Nora finds hope when her father declares they must leave their beloved Ireland for America. Hidden in the dresser aboard the ship traveling to a new land, Nora lives an adventure that transforms her life and turns hope into a reality.
DetailsAge Range: 8 and up
Grade Level: 3 and up
Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: White Maine Pub; Educational Resources Included edition (December 22, 2003)