The Immigrant Experience Through Literature: For Younger Readers
Annotation:Carl Erik journeys with his family from Sweden to America during the famine of 1868 in this I Can Read History book.
Annotation:Mari starts school in a new land and describes village life in her country before she and her family left in search of a better life. Two stories in one book.
Annotation:Two hundred nineteen people from thirty-two different countries make their way to downtown New York in a snowstorm to be sworn in as United States citizens.
Annotation:A thirteen-year-old Jewish orphan reluctantly leaves her grandmother and immigrates to New York City where she works for three years sewing lace and earning money to bring her Grandmother to the United States.
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The extraordinary ethnic diversity of the United States is due to the vast numbers of immigrants who have settled here. Many Americans today grew up listening to stories from their parents or grandparents about what it was like to come to a new country and struggle to build a life for themselves and their families. In relocating from one country to another, newcomers have had to find a way to make a living, in addition to adjusting to an unfamiliar culture and often a new language. Through expressive novels, short stories, poetry, plays, biographies and memoirs that have been recently published, the books on this list describe the immigrant experience by those who have lived it.