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A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America (For Young People Series) Hardcover – October 16, 2012

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Gr 6 Up-This established adult classic of multiculturalism has been pared down for a younger audience. Stefoff, who previously adapted Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States (Longman, 1980), takes a crack at Takaki's look at America and its people. Focusing on a variety of groups-Jews, Chinese, Japanese, Africans, Irish, Mexicans, Afghans, Vietnamese, and more-this volume tells America's story through the millions of people who came here seeking the Land of Opportunity only to find low wages, pitiable living conditions, and bigotry at every turn. Yet Takaki keeps bitterness at bay, writing with hope and conviction about the many opportunities for young Americans to make change in a country where, soon enough, "we all will be minorities." Stefoff adds a few nice touches-the short stories of individuals ending each chapter definitely make the content more relatable-but many young people would be better off sticking with Takaki's original text.-Sam Bloom, Blue Ash Library, Cincinnati, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In 1993, Takaki wrote his seminal work, A Different Mirror. In the second edition (2008), he revised some chapters and added others that focus on newer immigrants, legal and illegal, presenting views from the perspectives of both minority and immigrant groups and white, Eurocentric populations. As he stated in the final chapter, “White Americans will not be a majority for much longer—America will truly be a nation of minorities.” Here Stefoff takes Takaki’s book and adapts it for middle-grade and younger high-school readers, reducing the original by about 150 pages and revising some vocabulary to make it more accessible for the intended audience. She has retained quotations from the original and maintained the carefully cited chapter notes. Sidebars toward the end of each chapter highlight a particular person or event discussed. This book, whether Takaki’s original or Stefoff’s adaptation, is important reading, and few other titles look at American immigration in such a thorough way. Grades 7-10. --J. B. Petty
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: For Young People Series
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Triangle Square (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609804848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609804848
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glad to finally have a history collection I can use in my high school classroom with older students, many of whom are struggling readers. The chapters are more concise and syntax simplified, but the content is still rich and meaningful.
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Picked this up to use with my students, and though I haven't completed the book, I wanted to pop in and say that it was exactly what I was looking for--an alternate for often watered down or even inaccurate sources that are available in texts and materials prepared for young readers. The intro is probably too long and difficult for my readers, but provides great talking points for instructor. I plan on using this book to supplement and enrich our studies. I am sure it will promote discussion among peers, and critical thinking for individuals. The authors have down the footwork to apply multicultural learning in the classroom, and that is a welcome resource for any classroom.
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Takaki provides a social studies and history book where educators obtain information to retool their teaching to be multiculturally sensitive as well as historically accurate. Takaki has made the stories of all groups of people who contributed to this country, or were overwhelmed by the social changes to be relevant.
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Great delivery, fantastic book. I highly recommend reading it.
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Useful learning tool for young Americans
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If you are looking for non-fiction writings to enhance your social studies program, this one is for you! There are many stories to read that will hold your class's interest.
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