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Lowji Discovers America by [Fleming, Candace]
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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5–The versatile Fleming has written a refreshingly light novel about a boy from Bombay who moves to a small town in Illinois at the beginning of summer vacation, so he's faced with no friends and nothing to do. Before long, though, he persuades his grouchy landlady to adopt a succession of animals (first a cat, then a dog, and finally a goat), rescues a pet pig that belongs to a very sweet tough guy, and wistfully watches a mysterious girl on a blue bicycle pass by his apartment. Told in first person in Lowji's slightly formal yet engaging voice, the story has a simple charm that glides over some well-worn comic territory (how often has a goat munched on a ruffled shirt stolen from a clothes line?). Interspersed throughout are letters to the boy's best friend in India, which show his gradual transition into his new world. Similar in tone to a classic like Henry Huggins, this book is nevertheless firmly set in the 21st century and opens a window to what may be an unfamiliar culture to many readers. The episodic structure lends itself to classroom or family read-alouds.–Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Gr. 3-5. "To be honest, I am more than a little sad," says nine-year-old Lowji after he moves with his parents from Bombay to an apartment in tiny Hamlet, Illinois. It's summer, the local kids are hard to meet, and Lowji longs for a pet to keep him company. Then he cleverly persuades crotchety, overworked landlady Crisp that animals could help with the chores. Soon the building is home to a cat that keeps mice under control, a dog that substitutes for a burglar alarm, and goats that keep the grass short. Delighted, Lowji helps care for the menagerie of pets and, in the process, begins to form new neighborhood friendships. Details about Indian culture (an appended glossary defines terms) and Lowji's Zoroastrian religion are purposefully inserted, as are a few moments when Lowji finds common ground with his new neighbors. But, through Lowji's mostly age-appropriate voice, Fleming tells a gentle, effective story about the loneliness and bewilderment that come with moving, and her brisk, lively sentences make this a good choice for readers gaining confidence with chapter books. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • File Size: 342 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (June 23, 2008)
  • Publication Date: June 23, 2008
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001D1UOTW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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By Mel Odom on March 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
LOWJI DISCOVERS AMERICA is a fun book with a great message. It's also one of 2008's Children's Sequoyah Masterlist reads. Author Candace Fleming tells Lowji's story in a great first-person voice that will doubtless have young readers rolling in the aisles as the hero tries to figure out how things are done in his new country, and tries to figure out a way to get a pet.

The author captures a lot of the accent Lowji would have in his speech after so recently coming from Bombay, India, and she gives him great parents. Ma is very strict and loving, but Bape seems to have an incurable love of puns that is just painful to read. My son loved them!

I loved how Lowji had a notion of what America would be like after living in crowded Bombay all his life, then was heartened and disappointed at the same time. He thought things would be vastly different, but they really aren't at first.

The disappointment over not getting to have a pet quickly shifts gears to Lowji trying to figure out a way to get one anyhow. The author's digs at the common backdrop of American culture, especially in the giant store ALL-MART, was terrific.

There are a lot of episodes that continually build Lowji's story. I felt his sadness when the bird, Tippy, deserted him for the other kids in the store. But I was laughing aloud with my son when the pig, Blossom, nearly has a heat stroke and Lowji saves her by bringing her into the store. This is exactly the kind of thing my kid would do, and it just proves that kids speak the same language more than adults do.

I also loved how Lowji constantly talked Landlady Crisp into getting animals to do her work for her. The cat is brought in to handle the mice. The dog is brought in to handle security.
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Format: Hardcover
Candace Fleming goes out on a limb to tell the story of Lowji a young boy who moved with his mother and father from India to a small midwestern town in the United States of America. This story is charming, light-hearted, and well written. Lowji is an endearing character that comes to understand his new home. He is challenged by cultural misunderstandings and learning the funny expressions that English speakers of the United States often take for granted. In a very innocent way Lowji makes the adjustments to life in the USA. He makes new friends and settles into a new home. The acculturation experience is one that many new Americans may endure. Fleming handles the situation with clever conscience without vilifying either Lowji's family or the townspeople.
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Format: Paperback
My 3rd Grade class read this book this year and it was a hit. Lowji is a very likeable character that just about any kid can relate to: embarrassing parents (!), making friends in a new place, and just fitting in. My kids who had moved a lot and my immigrant kids were really able to personal connections with Lowji. It's a solid work with a lot to talk about!
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A Kid's Review on November 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Lowji is so clueless in the beginning. Even though this is a quick read, there is so much excitement in this book.Lowji lives in an apartment with mice and rude neighbors. To solve many problems, Lowji suggests different animals to take the place of the broken tools, but then the animals make a bigger problem. Even so the owner of the apartment complex keeps the animals. In the end Lowji meets a girl and they become great friends. I'd tell you more, but I don't want to ruin the adventure. 'Lowji Discovers America' is definitly a book I suggest you to read. I hope you enjoy this story as I did.
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A Kid's Review on April 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lowji Discovers America is a great book. It's written by Candace, Fleming. She is a really good writer. She has fun with her writing, and makes it exciting! I think it is the best fiction book ever.

My favorite scene is when all of the animals make a mess in the neighbor's lawn. My favorite character is Lowji because he is fun to listen to. Lowji Discovers America is for people who like any kind of funny book. Anyone can read this amazing book, all ages. You will love it just like I do! In this book I learned that there is always an animal that you can get and depend on to do a job that you don't have time to do. I love the book Lowji Discovers America because it's great for kids and it has a lot of funny parts and it's not serious. Also it is the best book you could ever read!!!
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Format: Hardcover
My kids (girl 10, boy 8) love this book. Lowji comes to America, from India, and innocently manages to make everything more fun.

It is a cultural fish out of water story, and invokes the fun parts of the experience of immersion in a new culture.

The kids loved extending the metaphor of the bus descending the himalayas without brakes. They added a passenger and a drunken driver to their imagery.

We read a lot, but reading this book with them has been more fun than any other book in my recent memory.
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