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IMMIGRANT KIDS (PAPERBACK) 1995C PUFFIN Paperback – August 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 06 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1050L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Scott Foresman; Reprint edition (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140375945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140375947
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A refreshingly un-woeful introduction to the experience of being a young urban immigrant around the turn of the century...Concise, graphic, and designed in every respect to catch and hold the reader's interest."—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Russell Freedman is the author of over thirty-five nonfiction books.  His works have received many awards, among them the Robert F. Silbert Award, a Newberry Medal, and a Newberry Honor.  He was recently awarded the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award for his contributions to the work of children's literature.  He lives in New York City.


More About the Author

Russell Freedman received the Newbery Medal for LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, a National Humanities Medal, the Sibert Medal, the Orbis Pictus Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City and travels widely to research his books.

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Was great for the children to read.
Betty R Gray
This wonderful non-fiction book will be a hit with students at the 4th-6th grade level.
Mindy
This book provides the background information.
Karen Lurie

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mindy on June 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
This wonderful non-fiction book will be a hit with students at the 4th-6th grade level. The real life pictures of immigrant children in the neighborhoods of New York during the late 1800's and early 1900's that appear on almost every page of the book should hold the interest of even the most reluctant readers. However, while the reading itself is not too difficult for most 4th-6th grade students, much of the vocabulary explaining the era of that time will be unfamiliar to them so covering this book as a read-aloud may be most beneficial. Immigrant Kids provides a wonderful way to introduce students to immigration in the past and show how it has changed over time. It lends itself well to a discussion in history class on the various cultures that became part of the giant "mixing pot" we now call our country. Because this book is set in New York it can further be used to teach about the city of New York and its early beginnings. Possibly the one thing that will interest students the most about this book is that it is written from the perspective of children like themselves. Overall the historical content of this book is very well defined and accurate and the photograph driven text provides readers with a very non-threatening approach to information books. It is a must read in any 4th-6th grade history curriculum and can work as a wonderful addition to a reading curriculum when used in accompaniment with other books both fictional and factual dealing with the topic of immigration.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 1999
Format: Turtleback
The life of an immigrant child was harsh. Russell Freedman accomplished his goal of showing how difficult an immigrant's life was through the use of descriptive words and photographs that make you thankful that you do not have to live like immigrant children of the past. The photographs captured our attention. Our fourth grade teacher shared this book with us. It helped us to learn about the conditions immigrants had to live under. We highly recommend this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
If your family came to America 100 years ago, what was life like for them? Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman provides insights which pair with vintage black and white photos to describe work challenges, living conditions and more. The blend of visual and history will appeal to elementary grades 3-5, but many an older reader will find it equally unusual & compelling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Manning-Mansfield on July 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my son as part of his history curriculum.

Russell Freedman is an award winning author with an extensive backlist and I've always been confident when seeing his name on a book. This is an over-sized book, profusely illustrated with contemporary photographs. Sometimes the photograph will take up more page space than the text and many times a whole page is devoted to the photograph. The text concentrates on 1890s-1900s immigration, coming into Ellis Island and living in New York City. The children are the focus and each chapter takes a look at a specific aspect of their live work, play, school. The book is peppered here and there will actual quotes from people who were once the children this book speaks of.

The photographs are wonderful and the book can be enjoyed simply by looking through the pictures and reading the captions. It is the photos that make this book. Unfortunately, we were not very impressed with the text. It had no cohesiveness, told no one's story, just randomly gave out information, which was interesting per se, but neither of us had any connection with the author's style of imparting that information. Rather a disappointment from a book authored by Russell Freedman. I recommend getting this book out from the library and looking at the photographs as they are definitely worthwhile.
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By CM on July 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I Love the book, but the condition was much worse than I anticipated. Again, Fantastic book...just what I was looking for. Should have paid more for better copy, but based on other purchases, I expected a little better condition.
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By Taina E. Seay on March 23, 2014
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The book came when it was scheduled to be delivered. It is a great resource for my classroom project and my students will love it.
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By Karen Lurie on December 10, 2013
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I use this for nonfiction reading for my sixth graders. Students need to know about the history of immigration to understand the current debate. This book provides the background information.
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By Louise White on October 2, 2013
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I love stories of immigrants, so inspirational. The stories take you back to an earlier era and allow you to live then.
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