Best Read Books One Good Thing about AmericaAuthor Ruth Freeman – wildweaves.co.uk

One Good Thing about America It s hard to start at a new schoolespecially if you re in a new country Back home, Anais was the best English student in her class Here in Crazy America she feels like she doesn t know English at all Nothing makes sense chicken FINGERS , and the kids at school have some very strange ideas about Africa Anais misses her family Papa and grandmother Oma and big brother Olivier because here in Crazy America there s only little Jean Claude and Mama So she writes letters to Oma lots of them She tells her she misses her and hopes the war is over soon She tells her about Halloween, snow, mac n cheese dinners and princess sleepovers She tells her about the weird things Crazy Americans do, and how she just might be turning into a Crazy American herself One Good Thing About America is a sweet, often funny middle grade novel that explores differences and common ground across cultures. Read One Good Thing about America – wildweaves.co.uk

Best Read Books One Good Thing about AmericaAuthor Ruth Freeman – wildweaves.co.uk

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  1. Okay, so this had the potential to be both poignant and funny, and it kinda failed For one thing, the convention of having a book written with the English language learner s level of English is fine, but there are some errors I just don t buy coming from someone who supposedly speaks French, because some misunderstood words didn t really make sense given that cognates are a thing that exist and those should have been the words that were easier for Anais to understand, not harder Also, Anais ma Okay, so this had the potential to be both poignant and funny, and it kinda failed For one thing, the convention of having a book written with the English language learner s level of English is fine, but there are some errors I just don t buy coming from someone who supposedly speaks French, because some misunderstood words didn t really make sense given that cognates are a thing that exist and those should have been the words that were easier for Anais to understand, not harder Also, Anais may as well be white for most of this book besides when she talks about her braids for all that it is dealt with or acknowledged, even though race, religion and refugee status are really complex in the ways they link together I feel like there is a specific reason that adults are going to like this book, especially white ones diversity points Liking An Important Book With An Accepted Type of Narrative About People of Color Makes Me Tolerant , and while it s not really an offensive or harmful...

  2. I appreciated the first person narrative over a stretch of time that revealed the adjustments that must be made by an immigrant in every avenue of life Navigating language, culture, friends, expectations, longing for home, missing family members, belonging and not belonging and the list goes on and on Just when Anais thinks she might understand something another new idea expectation is thrown at her by life And then there is my own embarrassment at judgements and expectations I put on a perso I appreciated the first person narrative over a stretch of time that revealed the adjustments that must be made by an immigrant in every avenue of life Navigating language, culture, friends, expectations, longing for home, missing family members, belonging and not belonging and the list goes on and on Just when Anais thinks she might understand something another new idea expectation is thrown at her by life And then there is my own embarrassme...

  3. ARC provided by publisher at ALAAnais and her mother and brother Jean Claud have moved to the United States from Congo, leaving behind her father, Oma, and older brother Olivier She is living in a room in a shelter, and trying her best to survive at school She misses being in Africa, where it is warmer and sunnier than it is in Maine, but her teacher tells her to think of one good thing about America every day Some days it is easier than others Anais is worried about her father, who is being ARC provided by publisher at ALAAnais and her mother and brother Jean Claud have moved to the United States from Congo, leaving behind her father, Oma, and older brother Olivier She is living in a room in a shelter, and trying her best to survive at school She misses being in Africa, where it is warmer and sunnier than it is in Maine, but her teacher tells her to think of one good thing about America every day Some days it is easier than others Anais is worried about her father, who is being watched by the police, and doesn t understand why it is so hard for her mother to be granted asylum and for her father and brother to come to America She makes some friends at school, enjoys her classes, and learns many of the crazy customs and practices of America Strengths I very much appreciated that the author based this book on her work with students during her internship in EL...

  4. Ana s and some of her family have emigrated to the United States she writes letters to her grandmother to share her experiences as well as to practice her English Constantly in her thoughts are her father and older brother, whose lives are still in danger in their home country The story is sweet, though there are definitely flaws I appreciated the author s attempt to tell an accessible story for elementary aged kids, who will celebrate Ana s successes without worrying about might have beens Ana s and some of her family have emigrated to the United States she writes letters to her grandmother to share her experiences as well as to practice her English Constantly in her thoughts are her father and older brother, whose lives are still in danger in their home country The story is sweet, though there are definitely flaws I appreciated the author s attempt to tell an accessible story for elementary aged kids, who will celebrate Ana s successes without worrying about might have beens Making it to America, navigating bureaucracy, and beginning to adapt to American ...

  5. If you have ever moved and had to start over in a new school or new community or a new job, you can identify with that feeling of uncertainty and trepidation But, imagine starting over in a new country, because you ve had to escape the violence in your country Imagine living in a shelter among total strangers Imagine starting a school where the clothes the kids wear are different and itchy, the food they eat is strange.chicken FINGERS , and the people speak English way too fast.This is t If you have ever moved and had to start over in a new school or new community or a new job, you can identify with that feeling of uncertainty and trepidation But, imagine starting over in a new country, because you ve had to escape the violence in your country Imagine living in a shelter among total strangers Imagine starting a school where the clothes the kids wear are different and itchy, the food they eat is strange.chicken FINGERS , and the people speak English way too fast.This is the story of Anais and her mother and brother They came to America to escape the violence in Congo but had to leave their grandma, older brother, and father behind Anais tells her story in a series of letters that she writes to her grandma expressing her frustrations, fears, and crazy things about Americans When her grandma writes back she asks her to stop writing about all the bad things that are happening and that from now on i...

  6. One Good Thing About America by Ruth Freeman tells an important story 9 year old Anais experience moving from DRC to a new school in the United States Anais mother and little brother are with her, but her grandmother, father, and brother have not been able to come to the United States It s clear that Freeman has worked with students in similar situations and helped them navigate acclimating into a new culture Becomingproficient in English is definitely a focus for Anais and her famil One Good Thing About America by Ruth Freeman tells an important story 9 year old Anais experience moving from DRC to a new school in the United States Anais mother and little brother are with her, but her grandmother, father, and brother have not been able to come to the United States It s clear that Freeman has worked with students in similar situations and helped them navigate acclimating into a new culture Becomingproficient in English is definitely a focus for Anais and her family, but missing her family, unfamiliar weather, idioms, making friends, culture shock, unaccepting people, etc are evenchallenging than her language struggles I m torn on the writing style of the book It s an epistolary novel, told only from Anais POV to her Oma who is still living in DRC Anais references letters and phone calls that she receives back from her Oma, but none of those conversations make i...

  7. When Ana s comes to America, things are very different from her life back home in Congo Her family is split up, people don t speak in French, and the food is very strange But Ana s s grandmother asked her to write letters in English and to include in each letter one good thing about America, and Ana s is determined to keep her promise Starting on the first day of fourth grade, Ana s writes often to Oma At first, writing in English is hard, and finding good things to say about America is even When Ana s comes to America, things are very different from her life back home in Congo Her family is split up, people don t speak in French, and the food is very strange But Ana s s grandmother asked her to write letters in English and to include in each letter one good thing about America, and Ana s is determined to keep her promise Starting on the first day of fourth grade, Ana s writes often to Oma At first, writing in English is hard, and finding good things to say about America is even harder Sometimes worries about her Papa, her brother Olivier, and Oma overshadow the good things that are beginning to happen for Ana s But over time, Ana s begins ...

  8. One Good Thing About AmericaRuth Freeman This insightful, warm hearted book addresses a critical American problem the integration of child refugees into the American family Anais, her mother, and her little brother flee Congo to come to America They leave behind an older brother and Anais father who is being hunted by the government s army and the government controlled mining company for which he worked The danger to the family is so great that Anais family, unknown to her, impoverished th One Good Thing About AmericaRuth Freeman This insightful, warm hearted book addresses a critical American problem the integration of child refugees into the American family Anais, her mother, and her little brother flee Congo to come to America They leave behind an older brother and Anais father who is being hunted by the government s army and the government controlled mining company for which he worked The danger to the family is so great that Anais family, unknown to her, impoverished themselves to make sure that three family members reach safety in the United States In a series of emotional letters to her grandmother, Anais documents the problems of a child coming to a new country with a different climate, different customs, and a totally new language Early on, Anais loses her name because her teacher Americanizes it to Annie She struggles to make fri...

  9. Anais was the star of her English class in Africa, but now she, her mother and her little brother are living in a shelter in the United States They have left her father, her brother and her Oma grandma behind to face the fighting and the soldiers Anais begins fourth grade in crazy America and decides to write a daily letter to Oma to tell her how much she misses her, how much she longs for her life in Africa and how she is experiencing all sorts of strange things in this new country Lucki Anais was the star of her English class in Africa, but now she, her mother and her little brother are living in a shelter in the United States They have left her father, her brother and her Oma grandma behind to face the fighting and the soldiers Anais begins fourth grade in crazy America and decides to write a daily letter to Oma to tell her how much she misses her, how much she longs for her life in Africa and how she is experiencing all sorts of strange things in this new country Luckily Oma is able to respond and when she ...

  10. Do you no Americans eat fingers from chickens and sticks from fish Now I no Americans are very very CRAZY Everything is so strange right now to Anais She, her mother and her brother, Jean Claude, have left their home in the Congo and are living in Boston Her older brother, Olivier, is still living with her Oma in the Congo Her father s whereabouts are unknown, as he is being hunted by the military because of information he has about the mines Anais family is living in a shelter until the Do you no Americans eat fingers from chickens and sticks from fish Now I no Americans are very very CRAZY Everything is so strange right now to Anais She, her mother and her brother, Jean Claude, have left their home in the Congo and are living in Boston Her older brother, Olivier, is still living with her Oma in the Congo Her father s whereabouts are unknown, as he is being hunted by the military because of information he has about the mines Anais family is living in a shelter until they can afford an apartment and she is going to an American school Everyday Anais writes to her Oma about how much she wants to return to her home in the Congo Her grandmother challenges her to find One good thing about America every day.And slowly, with her focus on the positives, she begins to adapt to her new surroundin...

  11. Freeman, Ruth One Good Thing About America, 156 pgs Holiday House, 2017 16.95 Language G 0 swears, 0 f Mature Content G Violence G 9 year old Ana s is a refugee from The Congo She and her mother and baby brother Jean Claude are living in a shelter while her mother applies for asylum Ana s father is still in Africa, trying to keep one step ahead of the soldiers who are looking for him Ana s writes letters in English to her Oma back at home Oma wants Ana s to learn English qu Freeman, Ruth One Good Thing About America, 156 pgs Holiday House, 2017 16.95 Language G 0 swears, 0 f Mature Content G Violence G 9 year old Ana s is a refugee from The Congo She and her mother and baby brother Jean Claude are living in a shelter while her mother applies for asylum Ana s father is still in Africa, trying to keep one step ahead of the soldiers who are looking for him Ana s writes letters in English to her Oma back at home Oma wants Ana s to learn English quickly and has someone who can translate She has encouraged Ana s to find one good thing about America every day Most of her letters are about her school experiences holidays, her ...

  12. It is always hard to be the new student in a new school, especially when you come from another country and struggle with the language, look different, eat strange foods, celebrate different holidays and leave loved ones behind Ruth Freeman s compelling and hopeful book explores differences and common grounds among cultures She humorously captures Anais angst through first person narrative The story is told in a series of letters that Anais writes to her grandmother, Oma.After much whining ab It is always hard to be the new student in a new school, especially when you come from another country and struggle with the language, look different, eat strange foods, celebrate different holidays and leave loved ones behind Ruth Freeman s compelling and hopeful book explores differences and common grounds among cultures She humorously captures Anais angst through first person narrative The story is told in a series of letters that Anais writes to her grandmother, Oma.After much whining about Crazy America, Anais promises Oma she will try to find one good thing she likes about America daily, whether it is sledding, tasting...