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Children's LiteratureFor Na-Li, America is a place of a new language, new foods, new customs, and even a new name, Hannah. With charm and spunk the little girl narrates her family's story from their arrival in America through the long wait for the coveted green card. In a cramped apartment they wait, while a friendly employer ignores Baba's legal status and offers him a janitorial job. While they wait, Hannah shops at Woolworth's, learns to read Curious George, hears in school about a man named Martin Luther King who wanted all people to be treated kindly, and walks with her mother to Chinatown where every shop window reminds her of home. Always they must be watchful for the officials who may deport them like her friend Janie's family. At last the green cards arrive and Hannah and her family do not have to "make ourselves small . . . America is our home." Countless immigrant children will see themselves in Hannah's story. The stylized drawings have a childlike charm and are colored in vivid hues. The endpapers of rural China give way to the skyline of San Francisco and the flow is seamless. Beneath Hannah's voice which is sweet and innocent is a plucky little girl who speaks with pride for immigrant children everywhere. This would be an ideal read-aloud in so many of our classrooms that now resemble mini United Nations. 2004, Candlewick, Ages 6 to 10.