Book review: I’m New Here, by Anne Sibley O’Brien

OBrien, Anne Sibley. Im New Here. Charlesbridge. 2015. $16.95. 9781580896122. Ages 4-8. P 7 Q8.

OBrien Im New HereMoving can be a difficult experience for young children. This is especially true when the relocation is international. In I’m New Here, Anne Sibley O’Brien draws from her own experience as she expresses the complexity of understanding a new culture. Three children relocate from their homes in Somalia, Korea, and Guatemala to English-speaking schools in America. At first, the language, written word, and customs are confusing for the children; they feel left out. Before long, however, the children grow more comfortable through universal pursuits like art, play, and curiosity. Families relocate for many different reasons, but with more than 11 million people fleeing Syria alone, we will all be presented with opportunities to welcome new people from around the world. I’m New Here is a good resource for introducing a classroom to the unique challenges of recent immigrants as they adjust to our way of life.

December 2015 review by Lillian Curanzy.

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