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All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel Hardcover – March 8, 2011
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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly:
"In this affectionate personal history, Yaccarino (Lawn to Lawn) traces his ancestry from Sorrento, Italy to New York City. . . Folksy and warm, this is a timely reminder that America is a nation of immigrants."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2011:
"Yaccarino’s family is proudly Italian, but their immigration story is universal. Readers of varied backgrounds will be able to identify with the search for a better life in a new country, the passing along of values and heirlooms, and the addition of new family members. The story will make an excellent family-history discussion starter."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, February 2011:
"With clarity and deep affection, Yaccarino turns his family history into a story of enduring charm. . . . A gloriously warm celebration."
“All the Way to America is a charmer. Yaccarino’s heartwarming story rings clearly with truth, good cheer, and love.” —Tomie de Paola, winner of a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona
“A shovel is just a shovel, but in Dan Yaccarino’s hands it becomes a way to dig deep into the past and honor all those who helped make us who we are.” —Eric Rohmann, winner of the Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit
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Top Customer Reviews
I wanted him to see in easy terms how immigrants came over and started a new life in the US. I think he will love it. Being Italian and having great-grandparents who were born in Italy will help him understand how and why they came over.
"They worked very hard, but they were also very poor."
"Work hard, enjoy life, and never forget your family."
As prosperity grows, decade after decade, new opportunities open up. This is an interesting immigrant story posing as a biography of an unknown author (sorry.)
But what makes it effective is its charming grasp of life's truths: work hard, enjoy life, and never forget your family.
Tomorrow will surely come.
A small biography for the very young, with that wonderful characteristically Dan Yaccarino-ish simplicity.
"So when I grew up, I moved back to the city where my great-grandfather Michele had lived.
`Work hard,' my father told me as he handed me the little shovel. `But remember to enjoy life.'
`And don't forget to call your family,' said my mother."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave this to my grandpa for fathers day!! It is much like his story and he absolutely loved it!! Such a great book :)Published 3 days ago by Kristen
Such a cute story, it had me teary-eyed by the end. Recommended for anyone who knows their family emigrated to America a few generations back.. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Karawat
This story is very good because it shows a good sense of history and love. I would like to have another story like this.Published 15 months ago by Kara
As a first generation Italian American I appreciated this book's roots and sharing it with my little one.Published 22 months ago by M. Dali
This book reminds me of school (which I just came out of) because in my social studies class I learned about immigrants coming into America ! This book is really good. THANKS!!Published on June 27, 2014 by Roger B. Hansen
I have read this book hundreds of times to my grandson Charlie and he knows it by heart! Delightful illustrations and a "serious" storyline in a children's book.Published on January 13, 2014 by Dominic Candeloro