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Dreaming of America: An Ellis Island story

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A Caldecott award -- winning author tells the inspiring true story of the first Ellis Island immigrant, fifteen-year-old Annie Moore.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 15th 2001 by Troll Communications (first published December 31st 1999)
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Bianca
Oct 08, 2015 Bianca rated it liked it
This story Dreaming Of America is a about a 15 year old girl(Annie) traveling to America with her two younger brothers. They have lived 3 years without seeing their parents because they have left to America; their parents now had enough money to send for them. On the boat ride Annie feels bad about leaving the family they have left behind. The meet a man Mr. Victor and he sticks with them throughout the story. Traveling across the ocean is very difficult for all three of them. They celebrate Chr ...more
Jennifer
Mar 01, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Annie Moore and her two brothers sailed the SS Nevada from Ireland to New York and were the first immigrants to be processed through Ellis Island in 1892. This book tells the story of them traveling across the ocean to meet their parents in America. The voyage was difficult and they had many fears but they made it. This is a longer picture book for grades 3-6. I like the combination of illustrations and actual photographs to tell the story. I think this story would be good to get students thinki ...more
Matthew
The copy I read was falling apart, but it didn't diminish how well this book was made at all. The writing is so attentive to detail, I felt like I was there with her. Having had family that came to America in much the same way that this trio did, it was especially personal. I really enjoyed the story with the anecdotes and artifacts interspersed throughout. I was really impressed with every aspect of this book. I highly recommend it, especially in connection with a unit on U.S. immigration.
Ashley Frickson
Jun 29, 2017 Ashley Frickson rated it really liked it
A true story of the first Ellis Island immigrant, fifteen-year-old Annie Moore.
Lindsay Garber
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Dreaming of America by Eve Bunting is a story about a fifteen-year-old girl and her two younger brothers who leave their home in Ireland and sail to Ellis Island. When reading this story, I immediately remembered re-inacting Ellis Island in fourth grade. This book gave me an appreciation for the people who traveled such a long way in hopes of being accepted into the new world. Bunting successfully shows the reader how intense and unsettling the trip to the new world was for tho
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Mary Valerio
Apr 25, 2011 Mary Valerio rated it really liked it
Annie Moore is leaving Ireland with her two young brothers, to meet their parents who have been in America for three years and are finally sending for them. She is afraid but must be brave for her brothers. They have a hard journey across the ocean, but are looked after by a kind man from Russia. They land in America on her 15th birthday. She is the first to step off the boat and beomes the first immigrant to be registered in the new processing center on Ellis Island. For her birthday she reciev ...more
Patricia
Nov 01, 2008 Patricia rated it it was amazing
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 the ...more
Kalynda
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, althoug ...more
Julie Suzanne
Apr 25, 2009 Julie Suzanne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People interested in Irish heritage or immigration
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 participat
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Mary Raccuia
Dreaming of coming to America is the story of Annie Moore the first immigrant, and her two brothers, to be processed through Ellis Island. Annie and her brothers board the ship in Ireland heading to New York where they will be reunited with their parents. Along the way they befriend a man from Russia and survive a storm. This historical fiction is a great read to use when studying the immigration in the late 1800's as well as a connection to modern day immigration.
Kristen Lindsay
The book is an interesting read, appropriate for grades 3-5.The book can be used for an integrated lesson with ELA and history/social studies
The book is also 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? I feel that students can use this book to express their thoughts on immigration as well as experiences
Brianna
Apr 22, 2013 Brianna rated it really liked it
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?
Lorie
Oct 29, 2010 Lorie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Annie Moore leaves Ireland with her younger brothers to be reunited with their parents in America. This true story is fictionalized to depict their trials and tribulations aboard an immigrant ship to America in the late 1800’s. Students could write their own journal as the main character to show how she endured the journey.
Bonnie Pohlig
Oct 05, 2011 Bonnie Pohlig rated it really liked it
This would be an excellent book to read to students because it tells the story of the first immigrant to ever be processed through Ellis Island. It helps give them an idea of what it might have been like to come over on a ship and start a new life. The pictures are lovely.
Padmashree Rajagopalan
Mar 26, 2013 Padmashree Rajagopalan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Padmashree by: Shaeley Santiago
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..!
Finny
Mommy says: Puts the immigrant story in a meaningful perspective for a kid by telling about three children leaving Ireland to meet their parents in America at Ellis Island.
Samantha
This book had great pictures. An older sister and her younger brothers set out alone to meet their parents in America. A historical book that brings history to life.
Rachel
Feb 18, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
really wish there was a better, less juvenile looking cover to this book. story is great...about first immigrant thru ellis island. true story
Shuntia Williams
Apr 06, 2011 Shuntia Williams rated it did not like it
Shelves: social-studies
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.
LeeAnn G
Mar 10, 2011 LeeAnn G rated it really liked it
Nice book for learning about those who came here and went through Ellis Island.
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Also known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E. Bunting.

Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.

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