American Too

Author(s): Elisa Bartone
Product Number: 43060
Released: Apr 21, 2000
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780788758324
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Just after World War I, Rosina and her family leave Italy and sail to America, land of opportunity. But when they settle in New York, American girls make fun of Rosie's dress, her foreign accent, and her ethnic food. How can she prove to the world that she is an American, too? As the feast of San Gennaro approaches, banners, piles of cheeses, and special pastries fill shop windows. Rosie, chosen to be queen of the celebration, is torn between excitement and her desire to be a modern girl. So when she appears in the parade, the band suddenly stops, and everyone stares, for Rosie has a surprise for them all. Elisa Bartone, a teacher in the New York City Public Schools, based American Too on an old family story told to her by a great-uncle. There was a real Rosie who led the feast day parade. Bartone has molded this account into a tale that shines with all the enthusiasm and optimism of those who immigrated to America, the great melting pot.

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Author(s): Elisa Bartone
Narrator(s): Barbara Caruso
Product Number Z10116
Released: Oct 19, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490662527

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"Rosina, an Italian immigrant in the early twentieth century, rebels at being named queen of San Gennaro feast day. Inspired by the Statue of Liberty, she reconciles family tradition with her desire to be a modern American girl by leading the parade dressed as Lady Liberty. Caruso gives this short story a warm, sympathetic reading, capturing the spirit of Rosina (Rosie) beautifully. What she cannot convey is the Little Italy setting that Ted Lewin depicts so strongly in his richly detailed watercolor illustrations for the picture book American Too. This audiobook will be enjoyed most if paired with the picture book itself. C.R.A. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"