The Doll Shop Downstairs - Yona Zeldis McDonough, Heather Maione
Anna, Sophie and sister Trudie are the children of Russian Jewish immigrants living in New York City in the early 20th century. Their father runs a doll repair shop below their apartment and they are allowed to play with those awaiting repair. The plot is sweet and simple (not simplistic!) Important topics (sibling rivalry, financial troubles and even war) are dealt with in a thoughtful and age appropriate way - making this an absolutely delightful and satisfying book to read aloud with a young child. I also really enjoyed the author's note in which she explains the real-life inspiration for this story. She even includes a glossary and time-line! Highly recommended!