I'm New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien

I'm new here book cover: three drawing reminescent of school photographs of children from  ethnic/culture backgroundsMaria, Jin, and Fatimah are new to this country. They feel lost, alone, and voiceless. Back home, they each thrived in their schools, but here things don’t make sense. Maria, Jin, and Fatima poetically tell their versions of what it is like to live in a foreign land. Maria and Jin discuss the difficulties of speaking and writing a new language, while Fatimah tells how she can’t find the rhythm of her new class. Gradually they begin to grow into their own with the help of friends and teachers.

This picture book is perfect for anyone who may feel out of place and for those who don’t, so that they can glimpse the experience of being the new kid. Early elementary students may find this particularly enjoyable.

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