I'm New Here

I'm New Here

Book - 2015
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Three children from other countries (Somalia, Guatemala, and Korea) struggle to adjust to their new home and school in the United States.
Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781580896122
Branch Call Number: E OBRIEN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: I am new here


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What is it like to be a newcomer in a strange land where many things are unfamiliar?

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Wonderful book. For non-immigrant children, it serves to build empathy and compassion for the immigrant experience. For immigrant children, I imagine this book provides a place to feel seen and understood, if even just a little. For example, the child who struggles to write simple words in English may be a prolific writer in their first language, frustrated that they can't get the new words to unlock the stories in their hearts. Simple, profound, and short enough to be digestible, it invites us to engage with the often unseen struggles. It also honors and sheds light on the hidden perseverance that enables immigrant children to participate in the new culture around them. Even the smallest step towards finding their way in their new home has taken great amounts of courage and hard work. I highly recommend!

Jul 31, 2017

Shows the struggles of new immigrants and the world-wide urge to connect and play with peers--we're all humans after all! Whether it's reading and writing, playing soccer, or being a good student/artist, these students finally feel like they fit in after they start making friends and begin to tackle English.

Feb 06, 2016

It's a good book for children who has just moved to another country!

vpl_childrens Jan 20, 2016

Three children arrive from different parts of the world to start their new lives in America. Their experiences in their new classroom are told through their eyes and their struggles to understand the language and culture is presented realistically and with empathy. A hopeful and encouraging title, this one should resonate with newcomer children as well as their classmates in their new communities.

Nov 10, 2015

A great book for both new immigrant children and their classmates.


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Feb 06, 2016

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