Bibliographic Information: Bunting, Eve. (2006). New York: Clarion Books.
Brief Annotation: This touching story is about Farah, a student that is new to America. Farah doesn’t speak any English and is feeling like she doesn’t fit in at her new school. The class takes a trip to an apple orchard and the things that Farah sees and hears at the orchard make her realize that the things in America aren’t so different than where she is from.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Grade Level: 1-3
Readers who will like this: Students that are from another country, students who don’t speak good English
Rating/Response: 5, I really enjoyed this book. I think it would be very beneficial for students to hear a story like this at the beginning of the school year. It would teach the students that they will have classmates that maybe don’t speak English or aren’t from America but that doesn’t mean they are that different from us.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: How would you feel if you moved to a new country and didn’t speak the language that is spoken in that country?
Posted by: Alyssa Timmerman