Coming to America: The Story of Immigration

by Betsy Maestro

Other authorsSusannah Ryan (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1996


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Scholastic Press (1996), Edition: Illustrated, 40 pages


Explores the evolving history of immigration to the United States, a long saga about people coming first in search of food and then, later in a quest for religious and political freedom, safety, and prosperity.

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LibraryThing member Kathdavis54
This book details immigration over the years in North America. I like that it points out that everyone here is either an immigrant or is related to one since North American was not inhabited until Native Americans migrated onto the continent. I think this book would be a great way to introduce
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younger students to immigration.
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LibraryThing member abarajas09
Genre: Informational
Review: This is a good example of informational text because it focuses on the history of immigration, while making it understandable for kids. It also provides extra facts at the end of the actual story.
Media: Watercolor Paintings
LibraryThing member Jmoreeda
Immigration is a difficult topic for children to understand. The issue is heated for adults, as well. This book takes in impartial but informative approach to introducing immigration. The author begins the explanation during the last Ice Age to illustrate the impact of all types of immigration.
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Additionally, the author attempts an explanation of the close communities formed by immigrants of similar cultures. I would definitely use this book to help children understand the concept of immigration.
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LibraryThing member LauraMcQueen
I really loved this book! I think it would be such a great thing to add to a social studies lesson. It goes from the very beginning of the American continent up to now. I also loved it because it is so important for people to celebrate their heritage and know where they came from and this book
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could be the beginning to so many social studies projects for students to do on their backgrounds. I will definitely use this book in the future!
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LibraryThing member matthewbloome
This covers the history of arrivals in our county from the very beginning, includding "Native" Americans who Maestro states are immigrants as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and would recommend it to any reader with the time to complete it.
LibraryThing member emills4
This was a really great story for teaching children about immigration. The author didn't show any kind of bias or prejudice toward any culture which allows the readers to get a full picture of what immigration is like. I also liked how the story had a lot of big and colorful illustrations along
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with the text. This was the readers got a visual picture of what the text was trying to teach them about. The only thing I did not like was the lack of historical facts. There was a lot of information about the different cultures and what the immigration process is like, but there were not a lot of facts actually included which would have been nice.
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LibraryThing member akitso1
I think immigration is such an essential part of our country's heritage and very important for kids to learn about. I like this story because it introduces immigration to kids in a very general way. I liked that the author mentioned things about different countries/cultures without being biased.
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The illustrations also really added to this book because they captured the readers attention. I think the main idea behind this story is to communicate to kids what immigration is and how it is so essential to the culture of America.
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LibraryThing member emedwards
This book is a great way to introduce history to young children. It tells stories of all the different people that settled in America from the beginning. It has a nice way of explaining things, good or bad, without embellishing. When the book introduces a new nationality to America it names them
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immigrants and reminds us that everyone that came to America was an immigrant in the beginning. This book describes how the government opened Ellis Island and started limiting immigration. Overall, it's a very good book with very detailed pictures that younger children would enjoy. In the end of the book there'e a picture of all the different cultures having a fair where everyone is distributing their unique strengths. It is a true example of the melting pot. The first way to use this book as a classroom extension is by having the students draw something special from their culture or their home. Another activity could be to have the students bring something from home to share in a show and tell format which will give the students the chance to public speak.
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LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
Thousands of years ago, the first people to arrive on American soil traveled across a land bridge from Asia to what is now Alaska. And today, immigrants still come to America from countries worldwide, including Russia, Haiti, and Cuba, insearch of a better way of life. The history of American
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immigration is one of determination and struggle, but not without pain. But for immigrants past and present, hope, the belief in a better life, and the allure of making a contribution to this nation prevails.
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Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades K-3 — 1998)


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40 p.; 11.75 inches


0590441515 / 9780590441513
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