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I Was Dreaming to Come to America: Memories from the Ellis Island Oral History Project

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In their own words, immigrants recall their arrival in the United States. Includes brief biographies and facts about the Ellis Island Oral History Project.

In their own words, coupled with hand-painted collage illustrations, immigrants recall their arrival in the United States. Includes brief biographies and facts about the Ellis Island Oral History Project.

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Overview

In their own words, immigrants recall their arrival in the United States. Includes brief biographies and facts about the Ellis Island Oral History Project.

In their own words, coupled with hand-painted collage illustrations, immigrants recall their arrival in the United States. Includes brief biographies and facts about the Ellis Island Oral History Project.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lawlor's debut, a picture-book collection of pieces culled from the Ellis Island Oral History Project, is visually and emotionally stunning. In 15 carefully chosen excerpts, immigrants from various ethnic backgrounds recount their reasons for coming to America and describe their feelings about leaving their country, about making the trip or about arriving on a foreign shore; all but two of the narrators were under 20, one only six at the time of their voyages. Whatever the circumstances, each vignette reflects a strong sense of hope. Lawlor's handpainted paper collages are equally powerful. Their haunting images are strikingly set against ecru-colored pages that bear faintly printed motifs from the pictures they border. Spare details-a girl floating past Lady Liberty, a figure literally putting down roots in two lands-capture these travelers' turbulent emotions. This selection gives credence to the reminiscences of an Ellis Island inspector: "In those days there were crying and laughing and singing all the time at Ellis Island." Ages 12-up. (June)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Handpainted collages by Lawlor grace these short yet moving glimpses into the lives of immigrants who braved the sea voyage to America. They were all children when they arrived, and their memories are the things a child remembers: a mother's treasured high-top shoes; being hungry, yet feeding a breakfast of strange American oatmeal to the birds; and leaving Ellis Island decorated with identification tags. This is an affecting little book that should help all of us remember the grit and hope that formed our nation. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Begun in 1975, the Ellis Island Oral History Project is an informal collection of interviews with individuals who immigrated to the U.S. through Ellis Island. Short selections-each 1 or 2 paragraphs long-from 15 of those interviews are reprinted here. The subjects were for the most part children when they arrived in the period 1900-1925. One was future Israeli leader Golda Meir. Many of the selections describe the facility itself; others talk of family and feelings. Opposite each remembrance is a striking, childlike, hand-painted collage; both are superimposed on a beige-toned reproduction of the collage picture. This is an attractive offering, but beyond mere browsing it may lack an audience. Other books geared to specific immigrant groups, such as the Hooblers' The Irish American Family Album (1995) and The Italian American Family Album (1994, both Oxford) contain similar information quoted more extensively.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140556223
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 721,083
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.03 (w) x 7.93 (h) x 0.07 (d)

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