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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188000027X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880000274
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This story about the daughter of migrant farm workers is, in PW's words, "an affecting and ultimately hopeful look at a transient way of living." Ages 3-10.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-A poignant yet gentle portrayal of the lives of migrant children. Constantly on the move, Amelia's family records events by crops not dates, carries with them only what will fit in the car, and are never anywhere long enough to feel at home. The girl longs for a place to stay, a place where she belongs. Teachers rarely bother to learn her name, so when Mrs. Ramos does so, it is special. The child's picture of a white house with a big shade tree earns a beautiful red star. On the way home, she discovers a road leading to a tree just like the one she drew. She visits this place often, and buries a small metal box filled with her treasures there when she must leave. For the first time in her life, Amelia has a home place. The acrylic-on-canvas illustrations have a folk-art quality that works well with this story. The canvas texture shows through the paint to add an almost tactile roughness of hard labor while rich colors capture the harvest crops at their succulent best. An important title for any library serving migrant populations, Amelia's Road should be a welcome addition almost anywhere. Useful in a variety of educational units, it works equally well as a read-aloud or read-alone.
Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Just One More Book! Children's Book Podcast on March 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
This beautifully illustrated and simply told tale of yearning, creativity and hope invites us to wonder about the story behind our supper and the luxury of having a place to call home.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cherie77 on January 18, 2000
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Amelia's road is an excellent resource for teachers. It can be used as part of a multi-cultural unit or to start off a unit on maps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By grammy wildcat on August 14, 2013
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This book is great for my day care children because where I live we have a lot of
children who's parents move here to work in the nursery business. It gives them
an idea that someday they will have a place to call their own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Johnson on May 9, 2010
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Our 2nd grade class recently studied Family Geneology, Immigration, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. Amelia's Road was the perfect read-aloud for our class. Several of the students have a similar background as Amelia's family, and our school is located in the center of a migrant population. Therefore, Amelia's story was very relevant for my students. I recommend this book for all teachers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen M. Kresic on December 22, 2013
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Great story which sparks discussion of migrants and social issues. Use it for problem/solution and cause/effect reinforcement . Students empathize with Amelia's plight.
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