Author: Katz, Karen
A picture book celebration of immigration to the United States told through the experiences of children who have come from around the world.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.60
Points: .5 Quiz: 508740
Kirkus Reviews (-) (04/15/20)
School Library Journal (05/01/20)
Booklist (+) (05/01/20)
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Booklist - 05/01/2020 *Starred Review* Immigrant children arrive in the United States from countries around the world, traveling in a variety of ways: on boats, on planes, and in cars. Katz, a prolific and popular picture-book author (Mommy Hugs, 2006; Ten Tiny Babies, 2008) tells of children coming to America from nations such as Somalia, South Korea, Mexico, India, Sweden, and Iraq. Large, colorful, child-friendly illustrations—gouache and colored-pencil collages that feature a variety of patterns and textures—fill the pages from margin to margin. Eight children, representing different cultures, ethnicities, and skin colors, are each given their own double-page spread where they greet readers in their native language, introduce themselves, describe where they are now living, and sometimes explain why they came to America. On the verso, there is a drawing of each youngster's original homeland, their mode of travel, and a picture of where they now live. The recto shows a large illustration of the child dressed in native garb. The book ends with the Emma Lazarus quote that graces the Statue of Liberty. Karen Katz fans as well as those looking for a joyful celebration of America's diversity will be drawn to this book. Simple, easily understood text and bright, clear, engaging pictures will help youngsters understand that America is a melting pot of nationalities. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2020 PreS-Gr 1—People have been immigrating to America for many years but we usually only hear accounts from the adult's perspective. This book tells unique and interesting immigration stories from a child's point of view. Readers are greeted by each character in his or her native language, learning each child's name and the country they left. Somalia, Nepal, and India are just a few of the countries represented in this book. Some children explain why they came to this country (to go to school, to find food and shelter, to feel safe, etc.) and how they traveled to America. The details about why they had to leave their home country are mentioned but not delved into deeply. The pages show the children in their homelands as well as their new lives in America. Katz's illustrations are bold and beautiful, and each child is full of expression. Interesting details in these scenes help convey a deeper understanding of their lives. The tender lesson for readers is that people are all alike. VERDICT This is a great addition for any school or library, perfect for story hours or one-on-one readings. —Barbara Spiri, Southborough Library, MA - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.