Item description for Kids Like Me: Voices of the Immigrant Experience by Judith M. Blohm & Terri Lapinsky...
Overview Consists of profiles of 23 foreign-born adolescents and young adults with a short narrative in the form of an interview or self-description. This illustrated book teaches sensitivity to foreign cultures and the value of diversity to middle school children and older and includes activities, a list of resources, suggested books, and websites.
Publishers Description Kids Like Me profiles more than 20 real foreign-born adolescents and young adults now living in U. S. communities. Each chapter contains a short personal narrative told in the voice of the youth who is being profiled. These stories are intended to help U.S-born students ages 10 years and up to understand the backgrounds of classmates from other cultures, foster intercultural awareness and sensitivity and encourage individual and community action to assist newcomers in their adjustment to the US. Written in a very accessible style, Kids Like Me also includes discussion questions, self-directed activities and research ideas that can be used in a classroom, club or community setting. Photos, maps and graphics add to the appeal of the text.
From The Book Jacket A timely, illustrated book of short profiles of immigrant youth in the U.S. Kids Like Me promotes the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to understanding and valuing people who come from cultures different from one's own.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 6.94" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Apr 15, 2006
Publisher Intercultural Press
ISBN 193193021X ISBN13 9781931930215
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More About Judith M. Blohm & Terri Lapinsky
Judee Blohm is a cross-cultural educator and training consultant in Washington, DC. Her clients include professional and educational organizations, Peace Corps and other development and service organizations, and the State Department. Judy is the author and editor of numerous training materials and has contributed chapters to various books in the intercultural field and the book Where in the World are You Going? (Intercultural Press, 1996.) Terri Lapinsky is a consultant with 30 years' experience in international and multicultural education and training, including holding positions in the Peace Corp as Program and Training Advisor for Africa, Country Director for Mozambique and Education Specialist. Her clients include the Jefferson County (West Virginia) Public Schools, New York City Public Schools and the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Lapinsky lives in West Virginia.
Reviews - What do customers think about Kids Like Me: Voices of the Immigrant Experience?
Wonderful Resource! Mar 14, 2007
"Kids Like Me: Voices of the Immigrant Experience" offers the reader rich and easy access to immigrant youths' encounters with the United States. The first person narration engages and challenges us to understand the enormous range of experiences families and kids have as they are forced to flee their homes or even when they willingly make an international move. The end result is that readers are bound to be open to and to develop a respect for the challenges these youth have faced. Educators and the general public can gain enormous insights from reading the book and from the straight forward questions at the end of each essay. Classroom teachers can benefit from the broad range of activities that follow the 26 narratives. I strongly recommend this book for all ~ especially those working directly with youth in our schools and other organizations.
Barbara Kappler, Ph.D. Assistant Director International Student & Scholar Services University of Minnesota
Timely educational tool Jul 10, 2006
At a time when immigration is being debated hotly on both sides of the Atlantic, Judith Blohm and Terri Lapinsky have provided a timely tool for educating US children about each other--and in the process, teachers, parents and other members of society.
Kids Like Me consists of two parts. First there are 26 four or five-page personal stories told by immigrant kids who are growing up or are just becoming young adults in the USA. They tell about such things as their names, where they are from, what cultural customs, values, behaviors even feasts and foods that they and their families brought with them to the USA, More importantly they also tell about the challenges of fitting into a new culture and a new society and both the painful and glorious moments of their integration. This is true both of the immigrant children who come from positions of social privilege as well as those who arrived on US shores as refugees or even as children of illegal immigrants.
Blohm and Lapinsky take nothing for granted in processing the stories. Each story is followed by half a dozen or so questions that encourage the student to understand words and features of the story that are not immediately apparent to those who have not shared this immigration experience. Then there are a couple of research assignments that round out the background or context of the kids' stories. These may be historical, geographical or about cultural customs and send the student to the books or to the Internet to find and discuss the answers. Finally there are activities related to the stories which send the learner to the resources in Part Two of the book.
Part Two of the book is entitled, "Activities and Resources," but it is in fact much more than that. It is a basic course in intercultural communication and living, brought directly to the level of the student. This facilitates the teacher's task of giving the bigger perspective in bite-sized and digestible form. Activities are also analyzed for how they fit with various audiences in school or community. Far from being academic, the lessons of Part Two are reinforced by useful exercises and discussion of the actualities of immigration, refugee status, and the various ways that newcomers can be welcomed and integrated into their local society.
Finally there is an ample and up-to-date collection of resources in the form of organizational contacts, printed and online materials,
The author's agenda is large but feasible. As addressed in the introduction the program of this book is an antidote to harmful stereotyping and provides tools to teacher, parents and others who are willing to both learn with and from the "kids" in their multicultural world. There is enough here both in terms of content and challenges to keep the book's users busy for many months.
The key to the success of the book is the guidance it offers us about encountering real people, and working our way through the inevitable stereotypes and myths that surround difference. Linking the classroom and the community means that this is a source of social education in the best sense of not just providing information but inviting social engagement in a way that education needs much more of. The authors are to be congratulated for their mastery of the dynamics of interculturality and their ability to take them to the level where they can be understood and put into practice by children, parents and teachers