Sweet America: An Immigrant's Story

Sweet America: An Immigrant's Story

by Steven Kroll
     
 

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Bring history to life with compelling stories,

sweeping scope, and a welcoming sense of diversity

  • Historical fiction helps students connect to their middle school

    social studies classes

  • Reading skill instruction and cross-curricular connections improve

    comprehension of historical fiction

  • Strong multicultural flavor reflects the

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Overview

Bring history to life with compelling stories,

sweeping scope, and a welcoming sense of diversity

  • Historical fiction helps students connect to their middle school

    social studies classes

  • Reading skill instruction and cross-curricular connections improve

    comprehension of historical fiction

  • Strong multicultural flavor reflects the rich tapestry of our shared

    American heritages

Jamestown's American Portraits, a saga of American families and friends,

traces the history of America from the founding of Jamestown to the Civil

Rights Movement. This is a unique, enriching series designed to teach

reading strategies appropriate for historical novels used in middle school

reading, language arts, or social studies classes.

  • Reading Level 5-8
  • Interest Level 6-8

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In this entry in the series "Jamestown's American Portraits," 14-year-old Tony Petrosino's story unfolds as his family crosses the Atlantic Ocean from Italy to make a new life in America. The journey is tough, but life in New York may prove to be tougher. Tony finds himself on the wrong side of gangs, giving up an education that he wants, and being throw out of his own home and onto to the streets for standing up for his beliefs. With times so hard for immigrants that his father can not find work to support his family, every member of the family must do their part. Tony has to quit school and work as a newspaper boy, but he keeps dreaming that some day he will be able to go back to school and be more than his father. He has to think quickly and manage to stay out of harm's way when a gang decides to target him. The author takes the reader into the late 1800s and helps the reader experience this time period when the majority of families had to put their children out into the streets to survive. The limited number of pages in this book make it hard to develop Tony's character, but the author did a great job. We see Tony mature as he finds his way in this new world. The obstacles and how he conquers them seem real and make this story believable. 2004, Waterbird Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Julia Beiker
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-The obviously educational intent overtakes the story in both of these books. In the first title, Petey's formerly comfortable family struggles through the Great Depression in the Chicago area while his cousin, the son of a wealthy factory owner, joins the union movement. The plot seems designed to set up a situation in which the struggle of the workers for rights clashes with free-enterprise beliefs that the boss makes the decisions. Collier tugs at readers' heartstrings with an ominous and abrupt ending, but amid a wealth of detail and political discussion, the humanity of the characters is lost, and with it the capacity of readers to care. In Sweet America, Kroll shows 14-year-old Tonio's gradual transformation into Tony, a hardworking immigrant striving to survive and succeed in New York City at the end of the 19th century. Predictable difficulties with gangs, overcrowded tenements, layoffs, and the generation gap almost, but not quite, overcome lively Tonio's charm. The talents of both of these writers are wasted in these lackluster offerings.-Carol A. Edwards, Sonoma County Library, Santa Rosa, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780769634234
Publisher:
School Specialty Children's Publishing
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Series:
Jamestown Education American Portraits Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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