School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-7-In straightforward and basically neutral language, these titles describe the patterns of emigration from the peoples' native countries. Reading them together, one is struck by the many similarities of motivation in leaving one's homeland and the commonalities of experience of each group as immigrants in America. The texts discuss, largely chronologically, each wave of immigration and the lives the people have made for themselves in the United States. Color photographs and narrative inserts are interspersed throughout. While often quite interesting and informative, too often these inserts and pictures bear little relationship to the texts that surround them. The font for the inserts is tiny and appears cropped, making for challenging reading. In both books, boldface type indicates words that are defined in the glossary, although the texts are quite good at explaining them in context. The discussion in Jewish Americans concludes with a list of prominent Jewish-Americans, followed by a table showing immigration numbers from census figures from 1790 to 2000. In Arab Americans, a chronology of significant events takes the place of the population table. Up-to-date additions where needed.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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