The Colors of Freedom: Immigrant Stories

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In this eye-opening book that will make the immigration experience real for everyone, award-winning author Janet Bode talks to people whose ancestors were slaves or slave owners, European crafts people, Irish farmers, and many others. In addition to these voices from the past, Bode talks with high school students who are immigrants themselves. They describe the customs of their native lands and compare their lives there to those in the United States.

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Overview

In this eye-opening book that will make the immigration experience real for everyone, award-winning author Janet Bode talks to people whose ancestors were slaves or slave owners, European crafts people, Irish farmers, and many others. In addition to these voices from the past, Bode talks with high school students who are immigrants themselves. They describe the customs of their native lands and compare their lives there to those in the United States.

Newly arrived teenaged immigrants describe their experiences in America, recount traditions of their native countries, and present short stories, poems, recipes, and artwork. Also provides interviews with native born American teenagers who share their family histories.

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Children's Literature - Christopher Moning
From the Mayflower to modern times, the United States has served as refuge for millions of immigrants. Janet Bode has compiled a vast amount of information and relates it here in a thoroughly engrossing style. There are remembrances, essays, interviews, vignettes, folklore, original artwork--even recipes and home remedies. Students and adults relate their experiences getting to and staying in America; their struggles and accomplishments; and their conflict between embracing America and losing their sense of roots and culture. Through all the diverse stories one can detect a common thread--the dreams and dilemmas of youth cross all cultures and know no national boundaries. This cornucopia of American history is perhaps best enjoyed in pieces. But it is not easy to save some for later--the morsels are just too tasty to lay this book down. The "Student Activity" section at the end is an extremely helpful teaching aid.
VOYA - Voya Reviews
Have you ever been arrested? Are you a communist? Have you ever sold or used drugs? Are you a habitual drunkard? These and other highly personal questions are part of the interview conducted by the Immigration and Naturalization Service with prospective citizens of the United States. Bode explores the lives of children who immigrated to America with their families. These children come from virtually every country in the world. Although each story is unique, they share some common experiences. From New York to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, the voices in this volume resonate with tales of fear, loneliness, and anticipation. What Bode does exceptionally well is to allow the voices of the students to ring through page after page. She is the unobtrusive commentator, offering information for the reader and suggesting other books to read or questions for teachers to ask. Some information is provided in snippets and vignettes; other information provides a more in-depth examination of a particular problem faced by an immigrant's family. Ultimately this book celebrates both the differences that make this country interesting and the similarities that bring its diverse citizens together. As one young man from Washington state puts it, "It seems now that Americans come in all different shapes, backgrounds, and especially personalities. I guess that's why people say there is a world or nation of difference." Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Biblio. Further Reading. Appendix. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P M (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 1999, Franklin Watts, Ages 12 to 14, 144p, $24. Reviewer: Teri Lesesne
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Gr 4-8-A veritable "mixing bowl" of immigration material, this book contains not only the stories of newly arrived teens, but also short sketches by those whose families have been here for generations. There are traditional recipes, an immigration survey, a sample citizenship test, and student essays on "What It Means to Be an American." The interviews and stories are grouped geographically with chapters on the "Americas and the Caribbean Nations," "Mexico," "Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa," and "Asia and the Subcontinent." Each chapter begins with a few shorter pieces followed by "A Longer Look." These latter pieces can be quite absorbing, describing customs in the homeland, the journey to the United States, and experiences here. However, the hodgepodge of material presented, combined with the drab format, makes it difficult to navigate the text. Maps and student drawings are scattered throughout, along with some generally dull, fuzzy black-and-white photographs in "A Family Album of Those Who Helped." Chapter and section headings are printed on what appears to be torn, gray paper, resulting in an unattractive layout; thus, the book will appeal mainly to teachers, who may like its variety. Otherwise, lengthy, compelling interviews by teens themselves can be found in Marina Budhos's Remix (Holt, 1999) and in Yale Strom's attractive Quilted Landscapes (S & S, 1996).-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531115305
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Series: Single Titles Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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