God Bless America: The Story of an Immigrant Named Irving Berlin

God Bless America: The Story of an Immigrant Named Irving Berlin

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ISBN-13: 9781368015769
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 379,324
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Adah Nuchi is the daughter of immigrants. She has worked at the National Book Foundation, served as a children's book editor in New York, and currently works as a literary agent. This is her first picturebook.

Rob Polivka is a children's illustrator and cartoonist living in Texas with his wife and three children. Find him online at www.robpolivka.com.

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God Bless America: The Story of an Immigrant Named Irving Berlin 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
First, I have to say that the illustrations are gorgeously done, with a retro feel and lots of details tucked away inside the images for further discovery and exploration. I could spend all day just looking at the artwork! But there’s a story to be told as well, and I (even as an adult) was curious to learn a bit more about one of America’s favorite composers. The story effectively uses onomatopoeia (which is such a fun word to say) to create a rhythm of words that enhances the theme of the book – how Irving Berlin came to write God Bless America – and complements the illustrations. The facts I learned were simple, perhaps, but there is a lot of depth to be mined here with children if parents and/or teachers want to take it further. It does make a bit of a point of how great America was to take them in, which makes me a little leery for some reason that I haven’t put my finger on yet… but I also appreciated that the author didn’t shy away from depicting (with the right amount of age-appropriateness) the less-than-desirable living conditions that immigrants faced here. All in all this is a fun book that teaches children a new appreciation for immigrants and their importance in American history – and present-day America. I especially loved the illustrations (as I’ve mentioned) and the author note and time line in the back which gives a lot more detail than the story itself goes into. (I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I had previously purchased for my own collection)