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Graff and Howard ( The Strength of the Hills: A Portrait of a Family Farm ) affectingly present a Cambodian family that in 1983 entered the U.S. as refugees. Now living in Allston, Mass., Sohka Prek, her three sons and her mother, Sok Eng, are introduced as ``modern pilgrims,'' and are first pictured enjoying a classic Thanksgiving meal. We follow each through their daily schedules: the boys attend a local public school; their mother works for the state by day and takes English classes in the evening. After school, the brothers are cared for by Sok Eng, who cooks them Cambodian foods and uses her native language of Khmer. Graff delves into the tragic history of the Preks' move from their war-torn homeland. Though somewhat rambling and encumbered by lengthy sentences, her text offers stimulating insights into Cambodian beliefs and customs, especially in exploring how the Preks have assimilated their traditions into their new life. Howard's black-and-white photos neatly capture the everyday doings of this closely knit family as well as its members' determination and mettle. Ages 8-12. (May)
Hazel Rochman
"A refugee driven to a new land stumbles into a new life as confining and isolating as a box." This in-depth photo-essay is candid about the difficulties as well as the hopes of a family who fled the civil war in Cambodia and came to Boston six years ago, penniless and homeless. Informal black-and-white photographs and a graceful text weave together the past and present lives of three generations: Sohka Prek, who works to support her family and takes night courses to learn English; her three young sons, two of them born in refugee camps, all of whom now speak English fluently and without a Cambodian accent; and Sohka's mother, who hasn't learned English and cares for her grandchildren, even while they must act as her guide in the U.S. The photos show the family in school, at home, and with the friends who have helped them to find a new life. From the vivid details about one family, Graff is able to generalize about the contemporary refugee experience: what people have left behind (terror and poverty and also rich traditions) and what they bring with them ("ideas and recipes and customs and language"). The book ends with a list of 32 sample questions that immigrants and refugees must answer before they can become citizens.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316322874
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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