Judie Fertig Panneton is a child of immigrants, who are Holocaust survivors. This is her second book based on a collection of stories. Her first was THE BREAST CANCER BOOK OF STRENGTH & COURAGE. She is an award-winning journalist with experience as a print, TV, and radio reporter.
I am the author of two books, The Breast Cancer Book of Strength & Courage and Proud Americans: Growing Up As children of Immigrants. An award-winning journalist and professional speaker I also teach classes about writing, the changing face of America and public speaking improvement.
I graduated high school with Judy and have not seen or heard from her from that day of graduation. Imagine my pleasant surprise to find out through word of mouth from friends who did stay in touch with her that she was an author. So, truth be told, I bought it simply because of that connection and because Judy was always one of those people who were special enough that if you were to play that game....where are my classmates now....Judy would be one most of us would wonder about.
The book is great...why do I say that? Great books are books that move you in some way. Anyone who reads this book will get one thing right off...these kids parents BELIEVED in the American dream of freedom and opportunity. That is something I think a lot of us sometimes forget...how truly great America is for a person who has dreams.
The stories are short and easy to read...kind of like a Readers Digest format. So you can sit down each morning and read one story over a cup of coffee. Trust me...one of these stories a day will lift your spirits in a huge way! And isn't that worth the price of admission?
This is the kind of book that parents need to read and then make sure each of their children read too. It's got strong lessons in it. Lessons about how great most of us have it ...even those who "think" they don't have a lot ....when you read about the lives of many of these immigrants and the work load they carried in order to live the dream or more importantly to let their children and their children live the dream.
I think a book like this can teach a lot to many many people...YOU just have to get the ball rolling by buying one copy, reading it and passing it forward....it will change lives....maybe even yours!!!!
If you're teaching in America, this is a must read book.
I have the privilege of teaching at a university with a diverse population. Over the years, I've had many students who are children of immigrants and I've witnessed their struggles as they faced the challenges of school obligations and family commitments. Up until now, I could not fully comprehend what my students were going through. I could hear but I could not see.
This book has allowed me the opportunity to step into many pairs of shoes, see life styles I can never experience and gain a greater level of understanding and compassion that will help me become a better educator. Not a bad place to be. Thank you for this gift.
I highly recommend Proud Americans-Growing Up As Immigrants for a good read and interesting insight on our current U.S. population. If you are not a Native American, you're from an immigrant faily, and I think we neglect to consider that. I teach writing at CA State University, and this semester, I decided to use Ms. Panneton's book in my freshman course. Each entry was a unique story for students to enjoy and think about, and I could use the structure of each interview to use as a model for essay writing. It turns out that about half of my classes were children of immigrants, and so they really loved the book. Ms. Panneton spoke to my classes and held discussions about the book, and the students really appreciated that; also. they wrote an evaluation of the book at the end of the class which I sent on to Ms. Panneton. She said she was really touched by the letters thanking her for her work and insight into the lives of immigrant's children. Good writing. Good interviews and insights. A book every American should read. Barbara O'Donnell, lecturer, CA State University.