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Hannah is My Name

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  25 reviews
With Chinese-influenced paintings in jewel-like colors, Belle Yang tells an immigration tale that reflects one of the many facets of the American dream.

Hannah is my name in this new country. It doesn't sound at all like my
Chinese name, Na-Li, which means beautiful.

It's a long way from Taiwan to San Francisco, but Hannah's family has made the journey because they want to ma...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 19th 2004 by Candlewick Press
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L13_F Sandra
Hannah and her family move from Taiwan to San Francisco, CA in 1967 for a better life. They fill out the immigration papers and anxiously await their green cards so they can stay in the United States, all the while staying on alert so Baba doesn't get caught working without a green card and they get deported back to Taiwan. Hannah grows a whole 2 inches before they finally get their green cards and they are able to celebrate.

This book was listened to on Tumblebooks in English. Tumblebooks also h...more
Hannah Is My Name
Written by Belle Yang
Published by: Candlewick Press, Cambridge, MA 2004
Approx. Interest Level: Grade 2-3
Belle provides an episodic view of immigrating to the United States from Taiwan in the 1960’s. This account is largely autobiographical and could be considered dated. The references to Taiwan could be seen as incorrect, and some of the characters involved in the story are extremely stereotypical, which create confusing messages about Taiwan, Chinese people, and immigration. Al...more
Tiffany Askins
Hannah has just moved to a new country, new home, and new neighborhood. A lot of things are new, but she realizes that her parents have moved to America to have a better life. As Hannah adjust to her new surroundings, she is trying to adjust to her new name too. She takes the reader on a journey into her new world. Eventually Hannah embraces her American name while still cherishing her Taiwan name, Na-Li. This is just a fun book that I love to read. Typically I read this book at the beginning of...more
Erica Cowhick
Hannah is from China and her Chinese name is Na-Li which means beautiful. Her family came to America and plan to stay and make it their home. Hannah struggles with the fact that it is not easy to become an American if you are not born here. This book talks about all the different struggles that the family faces when they arrive in America. The family must recieve green cards in order to have jobs to ensure inspectors that make surprise visits. Hannah is in first grade and is in the process of le...more
Beth Schencker
A pleasant story about a Taiwanese girl who has moved to United States. The story follows Hannah and her parents starting a new life in San Francisco. The family applies for green cards but must wait a long time. After a few years, the family is given their green cards. "It is pale blue, not jade green like I expected. I think they should have called it a blue card, but maybe they just ran out of green paper this year". Now their new life can finally begin!
Mike Romesburg
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This book reminded me so much of "My Name is Yoon." This story was very helpful for me as a growing teacher, but I am not entirely sure I would read it in class. Throughout the story, Hannah and her parents are very nervous about getting their green cards and on the lookout for the men in uniforms, who try to find immigrants without the cards. This could be confusing to students who do not understand what green cards are, and although this can be discussed, I'm not sure if it is the best thing t...more
I love Belle Yang's book Hannah is My Name. The gouache illustrations are vivid and emotional, and the text is descriptive, honest, and heartfelt.

The book's opening line reads, "Hannah is my name in this new country. It doesn't sound at all like my Chinese name, Na-Li, which means beautiful." Yang writes the fictionalized immigrant story of the Lin family's journey from Taiwan to San Francisco in the United States in 1967 and the family's joys of living in a nation where "we will be free to say...more
Hannah is My Name is a story many children can relate to. It discusses names and fitting in. Hannah, whose name is Na-Li, learns that her family moved to America to be able to afford a better life for her. She adjusts to being in a new country, having a new 'American' name, and hopes to receive their permanent citizenship.
Rachel Moulton
Hannah, also known as Na-Li in her home country Taiwan, comes to American with her mother and grandfather in hopes for a better life. They want to have freedom and opportunities. Hannah's family applies to get green cards to stay in America. Her family lives in fear that they will be caught living in America without permission, and they struggle to have enough money to survive. Will her family get their green cards and be able to stay in America? Will Na-Li adjust to life in America and come to...more
Julie Esanu
Like many immigrants, Na-Li and her parents move from Taiwan to San Francisco in search of freedom and fair treatment. One of the adjustments she must make is getting used to her strange new name-- Hannah--and a new language. Hannah and her parents eagerly and anxiously await their green cards, which will allow the family to remain in the United States and open the door for new opportunities. A lovely book about immigration, family, perseverance, and opportunities, based on author's Belle Yang's...more
The ever-desired "American Dream." For many families it is way out of reach. Hannah Lin thought it would be for her family as well. Having studied immigration I understand this anticipation and worry. Life is supposed to be better here, a chance for success and all dreams coming true. To anxiously wait for the moment when you can continue those dreams is paralyzing. Yang expresses her anticiapation upon her family's arrival to the United States from Taiwan. The illustrations make this anxiety an...more
Lisa Vegan
The illustrations are beautiful and the story is heartfelt and educational too. But, the story is autobiographical about a girl from China who moves with her parents to San Francisco in the mid-late 1960s. I found this especially interesting since I was a teenager in San Francisco during that period. But, even though the immigration experience is timeless, I do wonder if today’s young kids would find it as interesting. I loved history when I was a kid so maybe so. I guess it’s just that I expect...more
Karelle Royal
This story tells about the experiences that an immigrant girl Na-Li faces when her family moves to the United States.
Great first day/first week of school book.
Good to use to teach about adapting to a new environment.
Teaches about the fears that student immigrants face when they have to move to new country.
Can be used to teach students about being brave and strong.
S/S: can be used with a lesson about cultures around the world.
Excellent book for ELL students.
Girl power.
This book depicts the true hardships immigrants face while trying to become citizens and even after becoming citizens. I really liked the story line, however, I was not a fan of the illustrations. It was difficult for me to understand the time period until I came to the page where the students were told MLK had just been assassinated. But, I definitely liked that the story gave light to the process of becoming citizens.
I sent this book to my niece for her birthday, and apparently, she wanted to read it every single night. and every night, my sister would say yes, sit down and read, and then begin to cry at the last page like clockwork.

It is that good, and I think sitting there and reading it with one's child makes it even better.

Hannah has immigrated from Taiwan to the us. Her parents are applying for green cards for the whole family. It is a scary time for them although their hopes are to build a new life in the us.
Jun 17, 2008 kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: JPIC
Recommended to kelly by: uri530
Shelves: picture-books
Hannah and her parents are in SF from Taiwan and waiting for their green card so that they may start a new life. THey take menial jobs, work hard and are constantly on the alert from immigration
This is the story of Hannah and her family. They immigrated from Taiwan to the US and anxiously await the arrival of their green cards.

The story and the illustrations are lovely.
Beautiful illustrations. Sweet story about immigrant experience from a 7-8 yr old girl's eyes. If this is an early reader picture book, the text is too long.
Realistic Fiction.

About a family from Taiwan who moves to America. The story is about their life, while waiting for green cards.
I read/listened to this book on tumblebooks. This book is about an immigrant from China coming to America.
Micah thinks this one is cute too.
I really like this story. Well written.
Courtney Bemiller
Good book when talking about immigration and families moving to America.
Mrs. Van
I read this at Tumble Books
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"My Chinese name is Xuan, or "Forget-All-Sorrow." It is also Chinese for "lily of a day," notes Belle Yang. "If life spans a mere day, why spend it in worry?" Indeed, the author-illustrator of HANNAH IS MY NAME recalls a seemingly worry-free childhood in Taiwan and Japan, where she "doodled and fiddled around with words and discovered they were her life."

Now an author and painter, Belle Yang has...more
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