This is Me, A Story of Who We are and Where We Came From
by Jamie Lee Curtis, illustrated by Laura Cornell
Workman Publishing, 2016
An intriguing story asking if you were to immigrate to a new country and could only take what would fit in a suitcase, what would you take.
A teacher shared with her class that her great-grandmother came on a boat with just a suitcase. She shared what her great-grandmother brought, then she asked the students what they would bring if they left. We visit the rooms of eight children to see what they would take, what they would leave, and why.
Written in rhyme, the author Jamie Lee Curtis gets philosophical saying, who you are it isn’t just what you’ve got, but part what you learn and part what you’re taught. A thinker of a book. Something both child and parent can discuss.
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The Quiet Place
by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small
Margaret Ferguson Books, 2012
Isabel and her family move from rural Mexico to urban Minnesota. A vast difference in climate, culture, and language. Isabel finds solace in writing to her Auntie Lupita and in a large refrigerator box. She decorates the box with colors and things from Mexico. When the box is ruined in the rain, she collects other boxes to build herself a new quiet place. Through letters to her Auntie and illustrations of her expanding box collection, we follow Isabel through adjustments at school, in the neighborhood, and in making new friends. It culminates with a celebration where she shares her decorated boxes and other creative activities with other children. Going to school the next day is easier.
The Quiet Place is based on a true story of a friend of author Sarah Stewart.
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