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I'm New Here

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  484 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
Maria is from Guatemala, Jin is from Korea, and Fatima is from Somalia. All three are new to their American elementary school, and each has trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense o ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Charlesbridge
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It's hard to describe how well-done this is. In simple sentences and visuals, it depicts the experiences of three children who have come from different countries to classrooms in the United States, and struggle to speak English, write English, and participate in a differently-run classroom. If you are an educator or librarian with immigrant children or ESOL children in your life, this is a must-have. And be sure to check out the site for an incredible collecti ...more
Aug 29, 2015 added it
Shelves: j-picture-books
Popularity/appeal rating: 3

Quality rating: 4

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May not be the most popular book, but it's an important one because of how it explains what it feels like to be new to a country where you don't speak the language. Will hopefully inspire empathy and compassion for new students, especially those where English is not their first language.
Vang Xiong
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This has got to be one of my more favorite books. I love the fact that this book not only teaches students a lesson, but educators as well. We live in a society that is filled with diversity. This book captures that essence, specifically within the school walls. I love the fact that the author poses real challenges that students who are new to the U.S actually face in school. The discussion of cultural clash and the feeling of alienation, confusion, and aloneness, were feelings who, I, once had ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: educ378fall2017
This book will be awesome for not only new students in general, but also for international students. It shows students different children of different backgrounds trying to adapt to their "new life" as well as connecting to their peers. Even though the new children in the book have a severe language barrier with their classmates, they still try to find ways to connect. One way to connect, will be finding something that they might have in common, as in a favorite toy, or a favorite c
Diana Garcia
This book showed the life of three students from their perspective. They each had a different challenges whether it was adjusting to the language or the American culture itself. The three started off feeling uncomfortable but learned to love the new life in America.

The reason I chose this for my text-set is to add cultural variety when speaking of immigrant children. There are people who come from all around the world to create a new home here in America. It's such a hard adjustment for them to
Jacinda Drakulich
Diverse Literature Text Set: All as One

Rationale: This book introduces us to three children, Maria, Jin and Fatimah. The three children are from different countries and are trying to assimilate their new school in America. The book points out the differences they are seeing and feeling about the language, the school and the other children. In the story the children make friends and are accepted by the other children by way of their “talents.” Maria makes friends by playing soccer, Jin makes frie
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rll-538
Everything in their old school’s was familiar, but now everything is different. “Im New Here,” tells the story of three immigrant children as they try to acclimate to their new lives far away from home. Maria from Guatemala, Jin from Korea, and Fatimah from Somalia all struggle to overcome the language barrier, finding much of their school work impossible. While the beginning of their journey is filled with loneliness and confusion their perseverance and bravery allow the students to overcome th ...more
Apr 26, 2017 rated it liked it
n I’m New Here, the stories of three children from other countries struggle to adjust to their new school in the United States. The children are from Somalia, Guatemala, and Korea. They struggle with speaking, reading, and writing in English. The words of their new language sound strange and look like scribbles and scratches. They also struggle with making friends. The people and places around them used to be familiar; now they can’t find their place. The rest of the story tells how the three ch ...more
Really well rendered and sensitive book. Also highly relevant, given the current Syrian refugee crisis. This book shows the difficulties that immigrant children have when trying to adjust to new language and culture, from the point of view of three children from different cultures. It is also a very positive and hopeful book. Definitely a good addition to your collection.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book had a simple, but clear, message about the adjustment and uncertainties that children feel immigrating to a new culture, home, and school. It struck a personal chord, since one of the little children was Jin from Korea. :)
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