Power of an Immigrant

Today I have a book that shows the power of an immigrant.  It profiles 36 immigrants who are the first members of a family to immigrate to the United States and shows how they have contributed to our great country.  Did you know that 1 in 6 American adults were born in another country?  New immigrants enrich our country just as much as those from past centuries and this book profiles just a few of their achievements.

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Title: First Generationpower of an immigrant first generation

Author: Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace

Target: Grades 3-6

What this book is about:

This book profiles 36 immigrants and the contributions they have made to the United States.  From well-known figures such as Madeleine Albright and Albert Einstein to individuals who are not household names such as Maryam Mirzakhani and Yasser Seirawan, readers will learn how they have contributed to America through their studies, sports endeavors, and musical abilities.  From starting new companies to making us laugh, the immigrants in this book both cherish their new home and honor their heritage.

Why I love this book:

  • I appreciate that this book covers both high profile immigrants as well as lesser known names.  I learned about so many individuals and how they have enriched America. As our country debates the role immigrants should play in our future, it is important to see these men and women as individuals with a variety of talents and backgrounds.
  • Loved the layout of this book.  A wonderful full-page drawing of the individual profiled on the left and a well-written synopsis of their contributions on the right.  Just enough material to pique a reader’s interest without overwhelming them.  This would make a great book to read at bedtime with your child as you could easily do one immigrant a night!

Who this book is for: 

Great for all kids.  Kids who enjoy anthologies such as Little Leaders will like this one.

Final thoughts:

As the author notes, “Newcomers still face prejudice in America”.  Their goal in writing the book was to show that diversity and differences aren’t things to be afraid of.

To purchase this book:

Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: First Generation.  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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