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First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Celebrate the genius, diversity, and grit of immigrants and refugees in this boldly illustrated guide to 36 American trailblazers.
The men and women in this book represent nations from Somalia to Germany, from Syria to China, from Mexico to Sweden, and more. They are people like Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, international singing sensation Celia Cruz, star basketb
Published September 1st 2018 by Little Brown and Company
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Patricia Murphy
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First Generation is a must-have for classrooms. An inspirational anthology of 36 immigrant and refugee stories reveals that with hard work and passion one can do anything. After reading the novel Refugee with my class, students read about real-life immigrants and refugees from science to sports, from politics to performers, and from old to young. First Generation has deepened student’s understanding of the courage, determination, sacrifice, and passion of 36 immigrants and refugees and the posit ...more
TammyJo Eckhart
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of 36 short (1 page) essays about 36 migrants who became Americans and who contributed in some way to the promotion of civil rights or the betterment of the nature or the world. The selection is evenly split between male and female. Of these, only Albert Einstein was someone's whose essay read as a repeat of what I already knew. Even people I did know, I learned more about in this pages. The cartoons of them are well done, I think they show energy and character. Each person ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone's story has value. By hearing the stories of others we learn. When we learn we grow toward being the best we can be. We know all of this to be true.

We need to remember the person we pass walking down a street, pushing a grocery store cart, sitting at a table in a library, or sitting or standing with us, waiting in a line, has a story we might need or want to hear. If we listen to their story or read their story, it further validates them and us as human bei
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
First Generation by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace is a fabulous non-ficition choice for parents and kids looking for interesting bedtime tales that provide a quick introduction to inspiring people. The one-page biographies of immigrants and refugees who have contributed to American society in the 20th and 21st Century will intrigue readers ages 9 - 14. There is a helpful selected bibliography in the back of the book that would be a perfect jumpstart to a biography report needed for school ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Within these 36 stories of immigrants who have "made America great," there is quite a variety of contributions made to the cultural landscape of the United States. Some of the included people will be easily recognizable by most readers, like Einstein and Tesla, but others are more obscure (at least for me), like a comedian, the creator of Chobani, and a proponent of pay protections for nannies and other home-care providers. I think even readers who are inexperienced with nonfiction will like thi ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with the stories of 36 amazing immigrants and refugees who have made great advances in their fields. From sports to science to the Secretary of State, there are short stories letting you know where the individual came from and their journey to the United States. We all have family that were at one time or another immigrants or refugees, it’s important to hear everyone’s story. This book allows you to open your mind and heart to 36 outstanding men and women who’ve persevered t ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. I loved reading it. It really made me want to learn more about the people. I kept finding myself taking research breaks to learn more about those people. The illustrations were gorgeous and clearly thought out to fit each person and their career/passion. It has a great range of people (past, present, genders, races, religions, etc.). I highly recommend it for upper elementary through junior high for libraries, classrooms, research starters, etc.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting anthology that provides information on "36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees" who have hit the mark in making America a better place, in this world. Some people are easily recognizable (Einstein, Madeleine Albright, Martina Navratilova, Carlos Santana, etc.), while others were people I had never heard of or knew very little about.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading this as a book club with my 5th graders. Quick read. Lots of different people, in lots of different fields, with lots of different stories. There are so many different directions I could take this book with my students. So many places to talk about. A good introduction on people doing great things.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this collection of short articles that share the accomplishments of both immigrants and refugees who have indeed shaped our country. This is a must for classroom and school libraries, especially those with student researchers who want to learn about more than the typical American figures.
Overall, a fantastic collection. I merely wish there had been a consistent sidebar or framed text for each entry that included basic biographical information such as DOB, place of birth (often included in the text), etc.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was honestly sooooo inspirational. It shows how successful people can be and how immigrants have done pretty amazing things. This book also showed that with hard work and passion, one can do literally anything!!!! I also loved the pictures and the overall layout of the book!!!
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how a big middle finger towards Trump has even seeped into the world of children's literature. Anything that gives a middle finger to him is 5-star worthy. However, this collection of short bios is excellently done.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful reminder about the strength of the human spirit and the unlimited opportunities that are before many of us on a daily basis. Read this if you want to be inspired by a diverse variety of people and stories.
Melissa Mcavoy
Terrific, well illustrated, collective biography.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Immigrants make America great! If anyone doubts that, read this book of trailblazing role models! I love the diverse figures included in this book and am happy to add it to my classroom library!
When you look at America through the lens of its immigrants, America IS great. None of this again BS.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good very short intros to lots of important immigrants and refugees.
Sussu Leclerc
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Inspiring amazing, and surprising people.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Please see my review under C. Wong on Thank you
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Immigrant who made America their home and contributed in numerous ways.

#Immigrant #America #Refugees #biographies #Inspiration #nonfiction #Middlegrade
Claire Noland
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This timely collective biography tells the inspiring stories of 36 first generation immigrants or refugees who, for various reasons, came to live in the United States. All faced obstacles such as discrimination but through hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance built successful lives and made significant contributions to their new country.

The men and women profiled come from countries all over the world including Ethiopia, China, Afghanistan, and South Korea. They represent various fields such
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Sandra Neil Wallace had a lengthy career as a news anchor and ESPN sportscaster. She succeeded in breaking a gender barrier by becoming the first female to anchor an NHL broadcast. Her books have been named to state and national awards lists, including Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Book of the Year, ALA-YALSA Quick Picks, and Booklist’s Top 10 Sports Books for Youth. She lives in New Hamps ...more