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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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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
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
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.
Mary Valerio
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
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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
Ahmed El masry
Apr 07, 2014 Ahmed El masry marked it as to-read
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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.
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?
Padmashree Rajagopalan
Apr 08, 2013 Padmashree Rajagopalan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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..!
Bonnie Pohlig
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.
Shuntia Williams
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.
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.
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.
really wish there was a better, less juvenile looking cover to this book. story is great...about first immigrant thru ellis island. true story
Story of the first immigrant to be processed through Ellis Island (January 1, 1892).
LeeAnn G
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.

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