This is no A-is-for-Apple alphabet book. Instead we get Ancestors, African Dance, Art, Abuelita, Aspire. With well-chosen words and gorgeous collaged artwork, I Is for Immigrant tells the rich, joyful, many-layered story of the people and cultures that make up the very best of America. Recommended By Gigi L., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
This alphabet picture book companion to the popular B Is for Brooklyn weaves together a multitude of immigrant experiences in a concise, joyful package. For readers of Dreamers by Yuyi Morales.
What do African dance, samosas, and Japanese gardens have in common? They are all gifts the United States received from immigrants: the vibrant, multifaceted people who share their heritage and traditions to enrich the fabric of our daily lives. From Jewish delis to bagpipes, bodegas and Zen Buddhism, this joyful ABC journey is a celebration of immigrants: our neighbors, our friends.
“[An] exuberant and poignant alphabet book....Readers from all backgrounds will have a blast looking for references to their own heritages and finding commonalities. Vibrant, vigorous, and multifaceted — just like America.” Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“Engaging….this visual amalgam succeeds in highlighting ‘so much that is wonderful about our diverse American culture.’” Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Selina Alko is an award-winning author-illustrator of many books for young readers, including B Is for Brooklyn, One Golden Rule at School, Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama, and The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.