Coming to America

By Center for Children's Books

(Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books) A particular strength of Wolf’s consistent approach (e.g., Homeless, BCCB 3195) is examining the impact of a family situation on all its members, not just the photogenic kids. Hassan’s long hours of night work clearly take a physical and emotional toll, as he is often absent or too tired to spend much time with his children; Soad’s anxiety over her husband’s exhaustion and her own minimal English language skills are also poignantly portrayed… this is a sensitive look at a family that struggles and largely succeeds, and the very ordinariness of their daily job of getting by will make them comfortable new acquaintances for middle-grade readers. An afterword on the basic beliefs of Islam is included.