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I'm New Here

by Anne Sibley O'Brien

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The story of three students, including foreign students, all of whom are new to class and trying to get used to school. They get encouragement from fellow students and teachers and learn to feel at home in class and confident in school and with themselves. Immigration is increasing and teachers must be aware of the changes going on in their classrooms, for the betterment of the student body. Diversity is power.

Suitable for children 4 and up. (Maybe 4-8)
Source: Kitsap Regional Library system ( )
  WAwobbuffet | Jul 29, 2017 |
Three students, one from Guatemala, one from Korea, and one from Somalia are all newly moved to America and starting school. None of them speak English. They each start out a little sad missing the familiar things of home. With encouragement from teachers and peers and by sticking with it, their confidence comes and they began to feel better in their new surroundings. I’m New Here, written and illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien, would not only be good to share with ELL students K-4, but also those students who are not ELL. It might help them to get a better perspective.
  OnyH. | Jul 22, 2017 |
add, "Young readers from all backgrounds will appreciate this touching story about the assimilation of three immigrant students in a supportive school community." I like books that show protagonists actively problem solving.
  HoughHouse | Jul 21, 2017 |
Three student immigrants from Guatemala, Korea, and Somalia have just moved to the United States and have trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English in their new American elementary school. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity.
  Janelle537 | Jul 20, 2017 |
This story is about three new kids from three different countries who come to America to live and go to school. It shares their experiences and how different living in America is from their countries and how difficult it is to fit in. In their countries, they know how to do things, but in America they don't (write, speak the language, etc.)
  mooneydh | May 16, 2017 |
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Maria is from Guatemala, Jin is from Korea, and Fatima is from Somalia. All three are new to their American elementary school, and each has trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity.

Young readers from all backgrounds will appreciate this touching story about the assimilation of three immigrant students in a supportive school community.

Anne Sibley O'Brien is one of the founders of I'm Your Neighbor, an organization that promotes children's literature featuring "new arrival" cultures. As the rate of immigration to the United States increases, topics related to immigration are increasingly more important in the classroom and home. I'm New Here demonstrates how our global community can work together and build a home for all.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:53:00 -0400)

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