Rigby On Deck Reading Libraries: Leveled Reader Why Mexican Immigrants Came to America

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Gr 2-5-Brief looks at the immigration history of three different ethnic groups. The simple, straightforward texts are accompanied by generally clear, black-and-white or color photographs, basic maps, and short fact boxes. However, the abbreviated material can be misleading. For example, Japanese Immigrants correctly has the first large group coming to Hawaii in 1885; the following sentence states that many came to work on sugarcane or pineapple plantations. Pineapple wasn't introduced to Hawaii until 1885, and it wasn't until many years later that immigrants found work on these plantations. Mexican Immigrants states that in World War II the U.S. "needed people to work on farms and to build railroads." Mexicans came at that time primarily to work in agriculture; the implication that they built railroads then is not worth mentioning. Despite such limitations, these titles provide good introductory-level coverage.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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