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Children of the U. S. A.
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Children of the U. S. A.

by Maya Ajmera, Cynthia Pon, Arlene Hirschfelder, Wakim Yvonne Dennis, Cynthia Pon
 

Celebrate the diversity of the United States!

There is no typical American child. Children may share similar activities and pastimes, but they represent a variety of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. Striking photographs showcase fifty-one cities — one from each state, as well as our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. The photos and facts feature

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Celebrate the diversity of the United States!

There is no typical American child. Children may share similar activities and pastimes, but they represent a variety of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. Striking photographs showcase fifty-one cities — one from each state, as well as our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. The photos and facts feature common activities and interests, as well as varied foods, languages, entertainment, sports, and other examples of daily life throughout the country.

Part of the proceeds from this book's sales will be donated to The Global Fund for Children to support community-based organizations that serve the world's most vulnerable children and youth.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Fifty-one cities, one from each state plus the District of Columbia, are featured with pictures and text. Each city portrayal includes information about ethnic groups, festivals, and historical highlights. Given the vast amount of information that could be used, contrasted with a two-page spread in a book, much is left out. The authors have chosen to highlight multi-ethnic variety in all cases, sometimes emphasizing minute populations to make their point. The photographs and arrangements are beautifully done, making a visually and aesthetically pleasing product. Some, but not all, state capitals are represented, so teachers will need to be sure alert students that the cities highlighted are not necessarily the capital of the state. Endnotes include additional resources for kids as well as an extensive index. Reviewer: Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
School Library Journal

Gr 3-6- This book celebrates the nation's diversity by highlighting more than 100 cultural and ethnic groups in 51 communities, among them Clarksdale, MS; Portland, ME; Dearborn, MI; Tahlequah, OK; and Washington, DC. A spread is devoted to each one; all have several bright photos that show children engaged in a variety of activities and a box of basic facts (e.g., population, nickname, languages spoken). Unfortunately, the text and illustrations are not always well coordinated, and some captions are misleading by omission. For example, in discussing Macedonian culture, the text about Fort Wayne mentions the "gajda (bagpipe), the tapan (a traditional wooden drum), and other Balkan musical instruments," but the photo shows a girl playing the violin. Still, by sharing some of the history of Native peoples and immigrants who have formed this country, as well as customs and foods, the authors give children the opportunity to learn about tolerance and respect as they discover many common threads. The goal of this book is worthy, even though the format limits the amount of information given.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570916151
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
9.02(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Maya Ajmera is the founder of The Global Fund for Children. She is the co-author of several Global Fund for Children books, including FAITH, GLOBAL BABIES, CHILDREN OF THE U.S.A., and CHILDREN FROM AUSTRALIA TO ZIMBABWE. Yvonne Wakim Dennis is the author of several award-winning books, curriculum materials, and websites. Yvonne's writing celebrates a multicultural world. She lives in New York City with her husband, Roger. Arlene B. Hirschfelder is an educator in tobacco history and an authority and public speaker on youth involvement in tobacco control activities over the past one hundred years. She is also a widely recognized scholar on contemporary Native American issues, has published over a dozen books in the field, and has worked as a freelance editor and author of curricular materials about Native American ceremonial tobacco use and tobacco abuse for the National Cancer Institute project reducing Cancer Risks Among Native American Youth. She currently resides in New Jersey. Cynthia Pon is the director of Global Fun for Children Books. . She lives in Washington, D.C.

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