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In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers


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In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers

30 review for The long way to a new land: Children's Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura (Book Scrounger)

    This is a good, succinct way to introduce elementary students to the immigrant experience and the history of immigration in the United States. It simply tells the story of one family's journey from Sweden to America, including hunger, language barriers, fever, etc. While it is too short to go into much detail, it is still a window into something many of our ancestors experienced in one way or another. It reminds me a bit of the Meet Kirsten: An American Girl book, as she came from Sweden also. This is a good, succinct way to introduce elementary students to the immigrant experience and the history of immigration in the United States. It simply tells the story of one family's journey from Sweden to America, including hunger, language barriers, fever, etc. While it is too short to go into much detail, it is still a window into something many of our ancestors experienced in one way or another. It reminds me a bit of the Meet Kirsten: An American Girl book, as she came from Sweden also.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lara Lee

    This a great story to describe the plight of early immigrants in a positive way. There are lots of stories right now that describe disillusioned immigrants to America, but people wouldn't have kept coming if that were always true. This easy reader describes the journey of a Swedish family to escape poverty and famine in a way any child could relate to. This a great story to describe the plight of early immigrants in a positive way. There are lots of stories right now that describe disillusioned immigrants to America, but people wouldn't have kept coming if that were always true. This easy reader describes the journey of a Swedish family to escape poverty and famine in a way any child could relate to.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Henna Patel

    Summary/Annotation: This is a book about a boy named Carl Erik and his family who lived in Sweden. The setting is in 1868. Times aren't so great because in the summer they lack rain and in the winter they lack food. They are facing horrible times without food and money. They receive a letter from their uncle who lives in America and requests them to come to America. Life is much better in America. Carl and his family think it's best for them to move. They pack up their stuff and head out for the Summary/Annotation: This is a book about a boy named Carl Erik and his family who lived in Sweden. The setting is in 1868. Times aren't so great because in the summer they lack rain and in the winter they lack food. They are facing horrible times without food and money. They receive a letter from their uncle who lives in America and requests them to come to America. Life is much better in America. Carl and his family think it's best for them to move. They pack up their stuff and head out for the New Land. Response: This is a wonderful book to read. I enjoyed the pictures within the chapters. This book relates to me because my parents and many family members left their country to move to America, to have a better life for themselves and their children. I loved the story because it described the struggles and troubles it took to reach to the New Land. I awarded this book four stars because it has good illustrations along with the chapters and it is very informational. I think it would be great to have in a classroom. Classroom Connection: This is a great book to use in a history lesson to discuss how many immigrants came to America and what they had to go through in the process of reaching to the New Land. Students can speak to parents and family members to find out if anyone had a journey to America such as my parents. Students can be asked to interview their family members or someone they know. I believe it would be a good experience for them. It would give them a chance to bond with family members and hear the experiences through the voices of people who actually experienced this. Text Complexity: According to lexile.com the measure is 340L. This book is appropriate for students ages four to eight. This is good for students kindergarten to second grade. The grade level equivalent is 3.3. Lessons should be adjusted depending on grade level.

  4. 4 out of 5

    JD

    There are pros and cons to this easy reader. The cons are that it does not appeal to pre-readers at all. The pictures are few and not very detailed. The subject matter is also above the head of your average pre-schooler. But if you have a beginner reader that is trying to learn more about early emigrants to the United States for a report or something, this is a great book. It is full of facts about Swedish emigrants in story form, making the information easy for a child to absorb.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Reading Rainbow: Watch the Stars Come Out. Descriptions of the illness/cramped quarters on the journey were stressful but this was enjoyed overall.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Great book that follows a Swedish family on their journey to Ellis Island. Easy text and great illustrations.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aimee Fuhrman

    This is a great book for introducing children to the realities so many faced as emigrants to America in the mid-to late nineteenth century. The easy text makes it accessible for elementary readers, and the pictures are bright, though simple. I highly recommend this and the other two books in this trilogy: The Long Way Westward and At Home in a New Land both also by Joan Sandin. This is a great book for introducing children to the realities so many faced as emigrants to America in the mid-to late nineteenth century. The easy text makes it accessible for elementary readers, and the pictures are bright, though simple. I highly recommend this and the other two books in this trilogy: The Long Way Westward and At Home in a New Land both also by Joan Sandin.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    My first grader and I read this book as part of our language arts lessons in our homeschool. We are reviewing a study guide from Progeny Press that accompanies the book (the study guide is excellent). This book is the perfect book for a reader who reads independently. My first grader read it in one sitting (but then we read a chapter at a time as we worked on the study guide). Each chapter described a different part of the journey of Carl Erik's family from Sweden to America. There are many oppo My first grader and I read this book as part of our language arts lessons in our homeschool. We are reviewing a study guide from Progeny Press that accompanies the book (the study guide is excellent). This book is the perfect book for a reader who reads independently. My first grader read it in one sitting (but then we read a chapter at a time as we worked on the study guide). Each chapter described a different part of the journey of Carl Erik's family from Sweden to America. There are many opportunities to discuss emigrants, history, farming, Ellis Island, etc while reading the book with your children. I recommend this book for your family.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Johns

    Starting with the positive first, it was an easy read, and easy to understand. It presented a typical immigration story: home country is no longer worth staying in, America offers a better life and more opportunities. But some of the notions within the books may be hard to grasp/relate to for today's generation of children. Also, I didn't find the illustrations very enjoyable, I'm not exactly sure why, however. Starting with the positive first, it was an easy read, and easy to understand. It presented a typical immigration story: home country is no longer worth staying in, America offers a better life and more opportunities. But some of the notions within the books may be hard to grasp/relate to for today's generation of children. Also, I didn't find the illustrations very enjoyable, I'm not exactly sure why, however.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sean Harding

    Another historical read, for young and new readers, this time about migrants traveling a long way to a new land, and really when one travels to a new land, it is not just geographical distance that one travels. A decent little read here.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    AR 2.7

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cody

    Summary: America is made up of immigrants from around the world. The Long Way to a New Land tells the story of a Swedish family who is facing starvation and the troubles of money. The family faces many troubles throughout the summer, including drought and lack of production from their animals. The family is forced to gather materials in the forest to eat, that they usually would not eat because it causes them to be ill. The family soon receives a letter from family who made the trip to America, Summary: America is made up of immigrants from around the world. The Long Way to a New Land tells the story of a Swedish family who is facing starvation and the troubles of money. The family faces many troubles throughout the summer, including drought and lack of production from their animals. The family is forced to gather materials in the forest to eat, that they usually would not eat because it causes them to be ill. The family soon receives a letter from family who made the trip to America, and it told of the greatness of the new world. The Family does everything they can to move to America with their family. They begin by selling their livestock along with their house and property, and then they make the long journey to Gothenburg. This is where they will board the ship to make the long journey to the new world. The ship is packed tight, and there are many people who get sick along this long journey but the family eventually makes it to the new land where their new life is waiting for them. Response: I chose to give this book a 5 star rating because it was very informational and told the story of how many people in this country had faced hardships and came to the new land. There may even be people in your classroom that had come to America because of these hardships. It also was an easy read, with great illustrations that portray the words perfectly. Classroom Connections: This book can go along with a history lesson that goes along with immigrants and the migration to America. You can have the students talk to their families about when, and how their families migrated to America and have them write a short story about their family. Text Complexity: Lexile: 340L GR: L

  13. 4 out of 5

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    The "hunger years" in Sweden, along with the promise of farmland and jobs in America, lured thousands of Swedes to make passage on steamships crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Carl Erik and his brother, Jonas, immigrate with their parents. As Sandin tells the story of their journey from Sweden, young readers can learn what it was like for these young boys to leave their homeland and travel to an unknown country. The "hunger years" in Sweden, along with the promise of farmland and jobs in America, lured thousands of Swedes to make passage on steamships crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Carl Erik and his brother, Jonas, immigrate with their parents. As Sandin tells the story of their journey from Sweden, young readers can learn what it was like for these young boys to leave their homeland and travel to an unknown country.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paata Sichinava

    This book is about immigrates who came from Sweden to America century nineteen. Also this book is about poor family how sieved children and change life. I like this book because this book is about immigrants family life in new land.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nazim

    this book is about Immigrant who came to America from Suidan. It's good for learning about Immigrant how people came to America and why they were coming. I think it is good book for me and I understand what about say this book. this book is about Immigrant who came to America from Suidan. It's good for learning about Immigrant how people came to America and why they were coming. I think it is good book for me and I understand what about say this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dewanrony

    I think the long way to new land is non fiction book. They came to America for better life because they didn't have lot of food. They are from sewdis. They ate bark and mass. They didn't have lot of money. I think the long way to new land is non fiction book. They came to America for better life because they didn't have lot of food. They are from sewdis. They ate bark and mass. They didn't have lot of money.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Sheetz

    In 1868, a family in Sweden is facing starvation. Their thoughts turn to emigrating to the U.S. Series with the second book after they get to the U.S. and head west "The Long Way Westward". Good book for beginning readers - classroom library 1st to 4th grade. In 1868, a family in Sweden is facing starvation. Their thoughts turn to emigrating to the U.S. Series with the second book after they get to the U.S. and head west "The Long Way Westward". Good book for beginning readers - classroom library 1st to 4th grade.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Decision making

  19. 5 out of 5

    Louisa Sixtensson

    För att vara en lättläst barnbok i Hcf åldern så var den bra. En barnversion av första delen i Mobergs serie Utvandrarna.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lololoko

    The book is about a immigrant family. That leave their country because the farm was dry and the family didn't have money to buy food. they decided go to America for a better future. The book is about a immigrant family. That leave their country because the farm was dry and the family didn't have money to buy food. they decided go to America for a better future.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Najat13

    i ;ike this book because it's talking about the immigrant and thiere problems. i ;ike this book because it's talking about the immigrant and thiere problems.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mckinley

    Short and quick so not very detailed. Mostly about travel from Sweden to the new world.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Bell

    I liked the sequel better.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Day

    Decision making

  25. 4 out of 5

    Soman Bishwas

    This book is about immigrants family.They were lived in Sweden. They didn't have barely food. I like this book because I learned how to move another country. This book is about immigrants family.They were lived in Sweden. They didn't have barely food. I like this book because I learned how to move another country.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nora

    MCL. It was about a family going from Sweden to America.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sohag7

    This is verey good book.Beacase this book is talking about immegrand.Who came here and now live here.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    A nice enough historical children's story about those who immigrated to the United States. A nice enough historical children's story about those who immigrated to the United States.

  29. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne Styger

    Genna finished this for 2nd grade. The story interested her and taught about immigrants to America.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sitora

    I like this book because it's talking about Immigrant who live Sweden came to America with family I like this book because it's talking about Immigrant who live Sweden came to America with family

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