From School Library Journal
Grade 1–3—This story follows a boy as he immigrates to Minnesota from his home in Sweden in the mid-19th century. Carl Erik accepts new responsibilities as his father leaves for an extended time to find work in a nearby town. Ridiculed by some of his new classmates and fearing to befriend the local Indians, he tries to feel at home by learning a new language and customs while he shoulders the burden of providing his family with food. Watercolor and ink illustrations add realistic detail to a story that reveals Carl's lifestyle and warm bonds with his family and friends. The text highlights an American Christmas celebration in the 1860s. An author's note on the final page explains the immigration experience of Swedish families during the "hunger years" of 1868-69. With its large print and generous white space, this book provides a solid introduction to historical fiction for early readers.—Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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“Sandin skillfully presents this slice of immigrant life through words and illustrations that will both inform and please.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A solid introduction to historical fiction.” (School Library Journal)