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Angelina's Island by Jeanette Winter

Angelina's Island

by Jeanette Winter

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Angelina was uprooted from her home country of Jamaica and brought to New York, which she did not like one bit. She constantly told her momma that she wanted to "go home", but all her mom would say is "we are home" in return. Angelina knew this wasn't her home and longed for the day she could return to Jamaica and taste the food, feel the sun and see her grandma. Her mother prepared her for a parade celebrating Carnival but she still wanted to go home. When the parade started she finally felt the same as she did in Jamaica, the sights, smells and tastes were the same and she was finally home, "her island in the sun". I really liked this book for students because it teaches them about two locations and their differences, as well as the tradition of Carnival. ( )
  MeganSchneider | Jan 23, 2017 |
This story is about a little girl who is missing home. She's from Jamaica. Her and her family moved to New York for a better life. Angelina misses her home and wishes she could go back. She misses her culture, the food, and everything about Jamaica. As the story goes on, Angelina's mom finds a carnival for her to attend in New York. The carnival makes her feel as if she is back at home and this makes her happy. Angelina accepts New York as her new home. I loved the illustrations. The story is very colorful and lively. I think this story can teach children about the culture in Jamaica as well as New York. ( )
  TaylorRankins | Oct 14, 2014 |
This book feels so relevant to me, and I love that it is written as a first person narrative of a displaced child. A young child, Angelina, struggles to adjust to her new home in New York city, until her mother finds a way to include her in Carnival. Finally, Angelina can connect her two worlds. This connection is beautifully depicted in as "an island in the sun" near the end of the book. Incredible 2-D "silhouette" artwork throughout. Definitely use with kids who are having a difficult time adjusting to a life change. ( )
  Desirichter | Jul 3, 2014 |
Angelina's Island tells a story of Angelina and her journey away from home. She has made a grand move from the Carribean to New York. She longs for her home and compares everything that she interacts with to her home such as the pigeons to the colorful birds on her island. After being reminded of her home Angelina dreams of her school bus driving her home, dreaming that the airplane flying over her head would fly her back home. Her mother and father are always working and Angelina does not understand how their lives are better like her parents say. Their is a parade coming up and Angelina's mother tells her to be patient that her home will not seem so far. Angelina and many others prepare a dance from home. They dress up in beautiful colors and the day of the parade their is music that sounds like the music from her home! Angelina is delighted. ( )
  Mitzi.Galvez | Apr 18, 2012 |
A girl from Jamaica has just moved to New York and is very homesick. Everyday she tells her Mama that she wants to go home. She dreams about home and misses everything from food to her grandmother. When the girl is at her lowest she hears about a carnival that is coming to town and wants to be in it. She still misses home but is excited for the big day. When she finally gets dressed up and attends the carnival the girl realizes she has found her 'island in the sun' and now has a new place to call home. ( )
  SarahChaisson | Jan 26, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374303495, Hardcover)

Every day I tell Mama,
I want to go home.
Every day she tells me,
We are home, Angelina.
New York is home now.
Angelina's heart aches for Jamaica, and no matter how much Mama talks of having a better life in New York, Angelina still dreams about mangos, johnnycake, rainbow-colored birds, and the warmth of the sand under her feet. Then one day Mama sees something in the paper about Carnival in Brooklyn, New York, and she thinks she may have found a way to soothe Angelina's homesickness.
With vibrant colors that seem to dance right off the page, Jeanette Winter pays homage to Jamaica and the traditions of the West Indian people.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:08 -0400)

Every day, Angelina dreams of her home in Jamaica and imagines she is there, until her mother finds a wonderful way to convince her that New York is now their home.

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