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Children's LiteratureJosephine, a recent immigrant from Italy, meets her first-day challenges with aplomb in In English, Of Course. Author Josephine Nobisso draws upon her own childhood in the Bronx's Little Italy to create this witty tale of linguistic misunderstanding in a 1950's multicultural classroom. Though Josephine is a cosmopolitan girl, her teacher assumes, a bit condescendingly, that she was raised on a farm. So in "broken English" and with expressive gestures, Josephine relays a hilarious story of her one visit to the country. By the end, teacher and pupil have newfound respect for one another. The final pages reveal Josephine planning her next story—all about her magnificent home city, Naples, and her architectural engineer parents. Josephine, with her can-do attitude, offers young readers (native-born and newcomers alike) a feisty, smart model of the immigrant child. Dasha Ziborova's jazzy collages reinforce this image. 2002, Gingerbread House, Ages 4 to 9.