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Reviewed by Nicholus Schroeder for Readers' Favorite
Greenhorn is a children’s book written by Anna Olswanger and with illustrations by Miriam Nerlove. Daniel, a survivor of the Holocaust, is taken in by Rabbi Ehrlich of Brooklyn. He arrives on the premises, clutching a little box in his hands as his sole possession. A few of the boys there, along with Aaron, a boy that has a stutter, attempt to befriend the young fellow, but he has been through a lot and is traumatized, so he mostly just holds his tin box in a death grip. Once the boys become more acquainted with each other, however, Daniel begins talking and Aaron is thrilled at the prospect of having made a new friend. Daniel was well received and was starting to fit in, but all that changed once everyone knew what Daniel kept in his precious little box.
Greenhorn was an amazing book! I loved the heartwarming plot and how it made me feel different emotions in such a short span of time. The budding friendship between Aaron and Daniel was touching and tugged at my heartstrings. Daniel’s secret behind his obsession with his little box was heartbreaking, and I didn’t expect a book to make me feel so much pain and sorrow. Such emotions are fairly common whilst watching films but going through these emotions rarely happens to me whilst reading books. Anna Olswanger weaved together a very emotional tale and one that I will never forget. The illustrations by Miriam Nerlove were a nice touch, and I love how they’ve got an oil painting type of texture. Character development was also well done, and Daniel along with Aaron were my two favorites. All in all, this was an excellent read and one that I definitely recommend to readers that love a heartwarming story.