Dreaming of America: An Ellis Island Story (International Reading Association Teacher's Choice Award) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-10 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 11 user ratings

" Nice book for learning about those who came here and went through Ellis Island. " said.

" This story tells the story of Annie Moore. Annie Moore was the first immigrant to be processed in Ellis Island. This book would be a good introduction for discussing immigration. " said.

" really wish there was a better, less juvenile looking cover to this book. story is great...about first immigrant thru ellis island. true story " said.

" I found this book pretty interesting because it tells about the first immigrant to the Ellis Island, a fifteen year old Annie Moore. I was interested because I'm new to the US too, as Annie and her 2 brothers were. It's just about how they'll meet the parents back!@!Read it to your kids..! " said.

" Grade Levels: 3-5* Can be used for an integrated lesson with ELA and history/social studies* Great for introducing topics of immigration and American history* Students can create journal entries, pretending that they are immigrants that have arrived to Ellis Island. What is happening? What are their thoughts and feelings? " said.

"I didn't realize until the end what historically significant person this protagonist was! Annie Moore-the "first immigrant to enter the United States through Ellis Island." My son and I recently read a little about this in a page from S is for Shamrock, and this version brings her story alive.

Full of symbolism, voice, dialect, and warm, lovable characters, this would be a great book for the classroom for a unit on immigration or Irish culture. Refers briefly to the "wake" in which she participated the night before she left for America; a song called "American Wake" by The Elders would be a terrific supplement to this read with students or your children. Highly recommend it.
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"This is a coming to America story, particularly Annie Moore’s coming to America story from Ireland on the SS Nevada with her two little brothers. Annie Moore was indeed a passenger (as were her brothers) on the SS Nevada 1892 and they arrived, being processing through Ellis Island, on January 1, 1892, her 15th birthday. Many accurate facts are embedded within this story, making it a powerful coming to America story, with the only fiction begin that of her emotions and many of her sights, although actual photographs are included to support the story. The Afterword goes into more details with the facts, and includes a picture of the statue of Annie dedicated to all those who left their Irish home for America, in Cobh, Ireland. Due to the picture book nature of the book, it would initially make one think K-3, but it is made for higher grades, although support could be given to 2-3, especially given within a unit. iiiii" said.

"This is the story or a fifteen year old girl who travels to America with her two younger brothers to meet their parents. Their parents left Ireland three years earlier for a better life and the children remained in Ireland with their aunt and uncle. Actual photographs with captions help the reader to relate to the actual historical events. Annie, the main character, is befriended by an elderly man who looks after the children on their voyage to America. We see a glimpse of life aboard one of these immigrant ships and the conditions they endured. My grandmother came from County Cork when when she was seventeen and I wondered if she traveled on the same ship. The exciting part of the story- aside from Annie's reunion with her parents- is that she is the first person to be processed on Ellis Island in 1892. This would be an excellent picture book to read to a variety of ages from Kindergarten to sixth grade to help understand the history of immigration in the United States. The author, Eve Bunting, an immigrant from Ireland herself, writes a compelling and engaging heartfelt story." said.

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