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Grade 5 Up-This carefully researched volume includes selections from such primary sources as diaries, letters, and oral histories. It has an enticing open format and is lavishly illustrated with interesting black-and-white photographs. Each of the six chapters begins with background information and then goes on to discuss life in the old country, coming to America, first impressions, working, forming a new life, and becoming a part of America. Sidebars add fascinating details-biographical profiles of famous individuals past and present, tidbits of history, more quotations, and recipes and songs. The book offers much more information on Italian Americans than Gladys Nadler Rips's Coming to America (Dell, 1982; o.p.). While the material has a universality applicable to all the immigrant groups who arrived in this country at the turn of the 20th century, it will be particularly useful for libraries serving large populations of Italian descent.
Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Carefully researched.... It has an enticing open format and is lavishly illustrated with interesting photographs."--School Library Journal