It was time for Droozy to go to school in America. No more time off. What grade would she fit into was the big question. She didn’t speak English and the teachers and students didn’t speak German. She had skipped the fourth grade in Breslau. She and her friend Gerda went to the playground instead. After much thought the teachers decided that Droozy should enter the fifth grade. She was ten years old then and was as short or as tall as the rest of her West Virginia classmates.

She had a wonderful teacher - a tall thin lady who seemed to like Droozy. Miss Oliver tried to teach Droozy the words: “Either - Or”. It seemed no use; no matter how often Miss Oliver tried to explain it, the child did not understand. The teacher would point to a classmate and say, “Either you or Betty go to the blackboard,” or “Either you or Frank go get a piece of chalk.” It was to no avail. It took some time before Droozy learned the meaning of these ideas and words. Miss Oliver was very patient and kind and spent much time after class explaining things to Droozy.

There came a day when one of the children went up to Droozy’s desk and accused her of stealing. “You stole somebody’s pencil,” said Jane in a menacing voice. Droozy understood the meaning of that but was unable to defend herself.  The right words wouldn’t come out. The other children soon gathered around her and called her a thief. Droozy had small stumps of pencils that her Papa had brought home from his work for her. She had stolen them from no one. Soon the tears of anger and shame rolled down Droozy’s face and she could not control her sobs. She was an honest young girl who did not want to be known as a thief, someone who could not be trusted, someone who was laughed at and made fun of and avoided. After Droozy had dried her tears and talked to her mother she decided to learn the language as quickly as possible in order to be able to defend herself and to show her classmates how smart and honest she really was. It took Droozy a year to speak English but she understood it long before then.  

Pork Dumplings
Please Don't Eat the Goldfish
Pretty Shoes
Blueberry Cake
The Garden
The Red Rabbit
The Lost Bathing Tickets
What Shall I Do?  The Double Message
Pieces of Gold
Aromas of the Sabbath
The Birth of a Brother
Green Apples
Herr Kübler
The Broken Leg
Boarding School
The American Calendar
Suse Puppe
Shirley Temple Eyes
Kristallnacht Nov. 9, 10, 11
Aunt (Tante) Mathilde
Ice Skates
The Cologne Cathedral
The Escape
A Belgian Holiday
Gas Balloons and the S. S. Washington
The Statue
A Bad Dream
A Pencil Thief
The West Virginia Hills
Ice Cream, Grieben and Baked Spaghetti
The Gypsy’s Song
Venetian Blinds
The Deaf One
Dimmed Lights
Norma Mae
The Spelling Bee
Run, Thief, Run!
The Candy Store
The Birthday Party
Deep, Shallow Waters
Red Riding Hood
Small Mama
Droozy In Love
Eskimo Pies
Apple Picking Time
Working Days
Easter Baskets
Blind Joe
Lessons Learned From Parents
About the Author