Moving Beyond Just the Immigrant Story

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Lately I've been thinking about the different kinds of multi-cultural stories out there, and the immigrant story is perhaps one of the most popular, perhaps because the clash of cultures is most central to the immigrant's core conflict.

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I agree that the immigrant story is both popular and important. Immigrant stories need to be told from different points of view. In my picture book, NO ENGLISH, I tell the story from the viewpoint of an American born child trying to reach out to a newcomer. There are some missteps along the way before a friendship blossoms. Please read about NO ENGLISH on the Colorin Colorado site http://www.colorincolorado.org/fromtheheart/27484 in an interview where I mention Shen's Blog as a good place to find multicultural literature.






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