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Author: O'Brien, Anne Sibley
Three children from other countries (Somalia, Guatemala, and Korea) struggle to adjust to their new home and school in the United States.
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 1.00
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 67745
Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/01/15)
School Library Journal (02/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2015 K-Gr 2—Being the new student in a classroom is difficult enough, but when the child comes from another culture and speaks a different language, it can be extremely stressful and lonely. Three youngsters enter a new school—Maria from Guatemala, Jin from Korea, and Fatimah from Somalia—and each one experiences the feeling of not fitting in. They slowly learn to find ways to assimilate and, in fact, to shine as their inclusion in the classroom enriches the lives of the other children. Maria asks to join a group playing soccer, Jin teaches a fellow student some words written in Korean, and Fatimah gains enough confidence to share her artwork with the group. Brightly hued watercolors on stark white backgrounds show the children's adjustment to the new situation and their classmates' ready acceptance. "A Note from the Author" page includes a list of recommended readings on the same subject. VERDICT The title would be useful in sparking a discussion, and the simple text makes it a good choice for beginning readers.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 08/01/2015 Based on her own experiences living in another country as a young child, Sibley shows the challenges of three new American students as they navigate their first day of school. Maria, from Guatemala, struggles with English, but her love of soccer enables her to make new friends. Writing is difficult for Jin, from South Korea, but he finds that sharing his language with another student helps him unlock his stories. Meanwhile, Fatimah, from Somalia, is having trouble fitting in and is afraid of making mistakes. Encouraged by a classmate, she uses drawing as a way to connect her two cultures. The simplicity of the narrative combined with vibrant watercolor artwork depicting a wide range of diversity results in a powerful message of empathy for the immigrant experience. Additionally, an author’s note explains why some families emigrate and how readers can help new Americans transition and provides a link to the I’m Your Neighbor project, which promotes children’s literature featuring new arrivals. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 02/01/2017 APPRECIATING DIVERSITY; RELATIONSHIP SKILLS; SELF-MANAGEMENT; SOCIAL AWARENESS - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.