Monday, June 11, 2007

Immigrant Kids by Russell Freedman

This book takes place during the late 1800s and the beginning 1900s when European immigrants came to America. This book tells of the horrible conditions they incountered coming to America. It tells about the process' they had to go through once they riched Ellis Island and what they were faced with, if they were lucky enough to make it through the inspections.

The book then goes on to describe the terrible living conditions they were faced with, what little schooling the children received, how young children had to find jobs to help out with family expenses, and what they liked to play when they had time to do so. This book will open anyone's eyes to what children had to go through just so their family could live in America.

I believe this book would be a great read for students talking about immigration and learning about our country during the late 1800s and early 1900s. This book is an easy read and will make you think about how lucky we are and how easy we have it today. The photographs are breath taking and really made me thankful for my childhood and how well I had it.

Great job Mr. Freedman at educating us about this time period and collecting the photographs to make your message come to life!


Christy said...

I agree with your annotation. It was surprising to learn of the living conditions of the new immigrants. I found it also compelling that they considered these conditions as luxuries compared to their life at their homeland. The photographs could tell the story themselves, they are wonderful! Good insight.

I love nonfiction said...

It's hard to imagine how they must have lived before coming to the U.S. if they considered the conditions in America as acceptable.

Island Of Hope: The Journey To America And The Ellis Island Experience is a nonfiction book that tells more about the Ellis Island experience. Check out this website that shows immigrants landing at Ellis Island.

As I watched the footage, I noticed the differences in people's clothing and wondered what led them to come to America.