From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-Four years ago, Carolina Liranzo, now 11, came from the Dominican Republic to live with her father, stepmother, and their family in New York City. Telling Carolina's story, this book relates the immigration procedure and then compares and contrasts her everyday life in Queens, NY, with that in her homeland. The descriptions of foods, schooling, play, and holiday celebrations are accompanied by Ancona's nicely composed, informative black-and-white photographs, many of which cover a whole page or more. The strength of the extended Liranzo family is evident throughout as they adapt to American customs but retain certain values from their old life. A fine study of acculturation, all the more important considering the high number of immigrants coming from the Dominican Republic to the U.S. each year.Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
A journalistic portrait of a Dominican family now living in Queens, focusing especially on 11-year-old Carolina Liranzo. Frequently quoting the girl and her stepmother, Dawson details their complicated family history and supportive relationship with fellow-immigrant relatives, who are often given housing and help finding jobs when they first arrive and who typically settle nearby and continue to help one other in an extended family. Carolina's comparisons of life in the US and the Dominican Republic are immediate and authentic, though her memories about her earlier school aren't quite believable as simply her own--she was only seven when she came here. Many b&w photos--candid and portrait shots, plus earlier family pictures--complement the upbeat, sympathetic text. (Nonfiction. 7-12) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.