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Our New Home

Immigrant Children Speak

by Emily Hearn
edited by Marywinn Milne

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list price: $13.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: 2007
ISBN:9781897187326
publisher: Second Story Press
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 11
Grade:
4 to 8
Reading age:
8 to 11
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Our New Home: Immigrant Children Speak

From diverse cultures of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Guyana, Somalia, and others, immigrant children write of their fears, excitement, and challenges faced when moving to another world and forging a new sense of self in a new land.

How does one cope with immigrating to a new country, to survive in a new and foreign community? This title exposes students to authentic immigrant experiences of students similar in age to themselves. I would use this book to conduct a research project where students write a personal story or interview and record the experiences of others in their community who have moved.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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Our New Home: Immigrant Children Speak

Children share the excitement, challenge, sadness and fear of moving to Canada from countries including Pakistan, Vietnam, Germany, Guyana, Somalia, China and Russia. Their pictures, poems and stories are presented in chapters entitled “Leaving,” “Differences,” “Adjusting,” “Problems” and “Feelings.”

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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From the diverse cultures of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Guyana, Somalia, and others, immigrant children write of the fear, the excitement and challenge of moving to another world and forging a new sense of self in a new land.

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Editorial Reviews

This collection of stories written by immigrant children is a window into understanding the immigrant experience from a child’s point of view.... Highly recommended for Grades 2 to 5.

— Professionally Speaking

The collection includes harrowing stories of escape from oppressive regimes, or the frustration at having no choice in moving to a new country, and the universally nerve-wracking experience of adjusting to a new school, new language, a colder climate, and new friends.... [A] highly readable book that would no doubt be indispensable in opening up dialogue about the immigration experience in classrooms and school libraries. Highly Recommended.

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials
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About the Authors

Emily Hearn

Emily Hearn has written several children’s books, including Franny and the Music Girl and Hattie Pearl Click Click, both published by Second Story Press. More recently, Emily has released two books of poetry. She lives in Toronto.
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Marywinn Milne

Marywinn Milne has a B.A. in French from York University. Her teaching career spanned over 30 years with the Toronto District School Board, where she taught grades one through four. She also worked for many years as an ESL/D teacher and Teacher/Librarian. She was nominated for the Award of Excellence by the Ontario School Library Association. Since retiring in 2004, Marywinn spends her time with family, friends, and enjoying many hobbies.
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