Quilted Landscapes: Conversations with Young Immigrants

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Nearly a quarter of a million immigrant youth enter this country each year. When photographer Yale Strom traveled across the U.S. to meet members of this growing population, he discovered a rich array of faces, voices, and personal histories. Candid, humorous, and optimistic, these teens and preteens probe deeply into the contemporary immigrant experience and offer an eye-opening portrait of the United States at the turn of the millennium.

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Overview

Nearly a quarter of a million immigrant youth enter this country each year. When photographer Yale Strom traveled across the U.S. to meet members of this growing population, he discovered a rich array of faces, voices, and personal histories. Candid, humorous, and optimistic, these teens and preteens probe deeply into the contemporary immigrant experience and offer an eye-opening portrait of the United States at the turn of the millennium.

Twenty-six young people of different ages and nationalities describe their experience of leaving their countries and immigrating to the the United States.

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Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
In this fascinating set of photo-essays, 26 young immigrants, ranging in age from 11 to 17, describe how they feel about living in the United States. Mixed feelings, including an appreciation for the American way of life, homesickness for their countries of origin, and the confusing problems relating to culture clash, are explored honestly and vividly. Each young immigrant's experiences and feelings are described in a two or three-page informal essay, which is accompanied by black and white photos, a country map and a sidebar giving background information on the country of origin. An introduction, index, large detailed map and recommended multicultural reading section also are included. Some of the countries represented are China, Fiji, Peru, Georgia and Yemen. The informal first person accounts should help young readers see what people of all cultures have in common.
Children's Literature - Michelle H. Martin
In this wonderful collection of photo essays, 26 immigrant youth between the ages of 11 and 17 share their joys and struggles, hopes and dreams as they move from childhood to adulthood, straddling two or more cultures. Yale Strom's interviews with students combined with the illuminating black and white photographs make this an excellent resource for introducing children and adolescents to multiculturalism at a very personal level. One of the most notable and interesting aspects of the book is the similarity of many of these students' experiences. In addition to learning about the lives of these young people, readers also benefit from the demographic information that Strom has included on each country of origin featured in the book. Ruenjai Phengphipat, born in Bangkok, Thailand, now living in Deerfield, Illinois says: "The kids who are the nicest to me are those who have traveled to other lands. Travel is a great equalizer and can humble the biggest of people." Not all children can travel internationally, but Quilted Landscape certainly provides a window into the lives of those who have-and an excellent window it is.
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Gr 5-10-Strom successfully presents the voices of 26 young people from around the world who have recently settled in the U.S. The immigrants, ranging in age from 11-17, give their impressions of the many cultural and societal differences between their homelands and this country. Their insightful words are accompanied by good-quality black-and-white photographs of the subject at school or home, along with brief information and a map of their homeland. Articulate statements from these newcomers about what they have learned and experienced are scattered throughout the narratives. A compelling and contemporary glimpse into the lives of some of our newest residents.-Janet Woodward, Franklin High School, Seattle, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689800740
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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