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My Name Is Sangoel Hardcover – June 1, 2009


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  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Arkansas Diamond Primary Awards 2011-2012
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers; First edition (June 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802853072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802853073
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 1–3—When eight-year-old Sangoel comes to the United States from war-torn Sudan, everyone mispronounces his Dinka name until he has the bright idea to make a rebus of a sun and a soccer goal on his T-shirt. This simple story puts a child-friendly spin on a common immigrant experience as the child's classmates respond with similar puzzle pictures of their own names. Stock's mixed-media illustrations include scenes from the sun-drenched refugee camp, the U.S. airport with its confusing messages, and the family's new home in a snowy city. The diversity of the boy's schoolmates is evident in Stock's skillfully detailed watercolor and collage illustrations. An endnote gives more information about refugees and refugee camps as well as about Dinka naming practices. This picture book by the authors of Four Feet, Two Sandals (Eerdmans, 2007) is an excellent addition to the growing body of immigration stories for young readers.—Kathleen Isaacs, Children's Literature Specialist, Pasadena, MD
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Sangoel's eyes were tentative as he stared up into the Wise Man's face. The old man would not be going with him to the new country, but rather would be staying behind in Sudan. No one wanted old people, even if they were wise. He listened carefully as he prepared to leave Sudan. "You carry a Dinka name. It is the name of your father and of your ancestors before him." He would carry that name to America when he traveled there with his Mama and sister, Lili. The "sky boat" brought them to a strange and busy airport where people hustled and bustled around. The activity was disconcerting to them all, but he quickly spotted someone holding up a sign . . . SANGOEL.

Sangoel was the "man of the family" at age eight and he knew how to speak English because he had learned it in the camp. The snow was swirling as the family stepped out into the street to learn a different way of life, a life that Mrs. Johnson would teach them about. Even eating with a fork would be something Sangoel would have to learn. He would also have to go to school to learn new things for the Wise One told him that "Education is your mother and your father." No one could pronounce his name correctly, not even the teacher. He whispered it, but no one seemed to hear. How could Sangoel let them know his Dinka name, a name that was so important to him?

This is a touching story of a young boy who wants everyone to know just how important his heritage and Dinka name are to him. Sangoel's feelings and emotions are clearly understood, not only in the text, but also by the emotionally charged artwork. This is one of those "special" tales that will make the young reader appreciate the diversity of not only children like Sangoel, but all children who may seem to be a bit "different" than they are.
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This is one of the best children's books for students who come from other countries. I want to read it over and over again and I hope my students will too
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This is a wonderful sorry to use with readers of all ages. Sangoel has a creative solution to a problem that can be found in all corners of the world.
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