Straw Bag, Tin Box, Cloth Suitcase: Three Immigrant Voices Trade Book (Paperback)

Written By Jane Yolen, Marjorie Lotfi, Raquel Elizabeth Artiga de Paz
Illustrated by Fotini Tikkou
Critically Reviewed
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Written By Jane Yolen, Marjorie Lotfi, Raquel Elizabeth Artiga de Paz
Illustrated by Fotini Tikkou
Critically Reviewed

Three women, from three different continents and separated by generations, share stories of coming to the United States. Sarah's great-great grandmother Manya fled the Cossacks in the Ukraine at the turn of the twentieth century. Grace's mom escaped with her family during the Iranian revolution in 1979. Raquel and her family fled gang violence in El Salvador in the 2010s. These three stories, all accounts of the authors' real family stories—Manya is legendary author Jane Yolen's grandmother—highlight the essential commonality of the immigrant experience.

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Three women, from three different continents and separated by generations, share stories of coming to the United States. Sarah's great-great grandmother Manya fled the Cossacks in the Ukraine at the turn of the twentieth century. Grace's mom escaped with her family during the Iranian revolution in 1979. Raquel and her family fled gang violence in El Salvador in the 2010s. These three stories, all accounts of the authors' real family stories—Manya is legendary author Jane Yolen's grandmother—highlight the essential commonality of the immigrant experience.

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Straw Bag, Tin Box, Cloth Suitcase: Three Immigrant Voices Trade Book (Paperback)

Written By Jane Yolen, Marjorie Lotfi, Raquel Elizabeth Artiga de Paz
Illustrated by Fotini Tikkou
Written By Jane Yolen, Marjorie Lotfi, Raquel Elizabeth Artiga de Paz
Illustrated by Fotini Tikkou
Critically Reviewed
Critically Reviewed

Three women, from three different continents and separated by generations, share stories of coming to the United States. Sarah's great-great grandmother Manya fled the Cossacks in the Ukraine at the turn of the twentieth century. Grace's mom escaped with her family during the Iranian revolution in 1979. Raquel and her family fled gang violence in El Salvador in the 2010s. These three stories, all accounts of the authors' real family stories—Manya is legendary author Jane Yolen's grandmother—highlight the essential commonality of the immigrant experience.

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Three women, from three different continents and separated by generations, share stories of coming to the United States. Sarah's great-great grandmother Manya fled the Cossacks in the Ukraine at the turn of the twentieth century. Grace's mom escaped with her family during the Iranian revolution in 1979. Raquel and her family fled gang violence in El Salvador in the 2010s. These three stories, all accounts of the authors' real family stories—Manya is legendary author Jane Yolen's grandmother—highlight the essential commonality of the immigrant experience.

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Three women, from three different continents and separated by generations, share stories of coming to the United States. Sarah's great-great grandmother Manya fled the Cossacks in the Ukraine at the turn of the twentieth century. Grace's mom escaped with her family during the Iranian revolution in 1979. Raquel and her family fled gang violence in El Salvador in the 2010s. These three stories, all accounts of the authors' real family stories—Manya is legendary author Jane Yolen's grandmother—highlight the essential commonality of the immigrant experience.

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    Price $9.95
SKU WW-NL6128
ISBN 9781478875901
Series Reycraft Books
SKU WW-NL6128
ISBN 9781478875901
Series Reycraft Books
Lexile level 670L
Genre Memoirs
Language English
Theme 20th Century History, Courage in Hard Times, Past and Present
BISAC Subject Headings Juvenile Nonfiction / Social Issues / Emigration & Immigration
Juvenile Nonfiction / Family / Multigenerational
Juvenile Nonfiction / Social Issues / Violence
Juvenile Nonfiction / Social Issues / Emigration & Immigration
Juvenile Nonfiction / Family / Multigenerational
Juvenile Nonfiction / Social Issues / Violence
Price $9.95
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  • Teacher's Guide (1 copy each of 1 Teacher's Guide)
  • Text Evidence Question Card (1 copy each of 1 Text Evidence Question Card)
Author & Illustrator

Jane Yolen, Marjorie Lotfi and Raquel Elizabeth Artiga de Paz

Jane Yolen is the author of over 400 books for children. She has won numerous awards, including a lifetime achievement award from the Association of Jewish Libraries and the Caldecott Medal. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates for her body of work, so–she jokingly says–you could call her Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Yolen though she can’t set a leg. 

Marjorie Lotfi is an Iranian-American who has lived in the UK for over 20 years. Her first collection of poetry, The Wrong Person to Ask, was published in 2023. Marjorie is a Founder and Director of Open Book, a charity that supports over 1200 reading and creative writing sessions each year across Scotland, including in prisons, shelters, and with refugee and migrant groups. In her spare time, Marjorie is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, and an editor of New Writing Scotland.

Raquel Elizabeth Artiga de Paz emigrated from El Salvador to Massachusetts. Raquel is learning English, working as a caretaker with people in their own homes, and singing in a chorus. She and Jane Yolen met at the Center for New Americans and with the help of translator Laurie Millman (head of the Center), they worked on her part of this book together.

Fotini Tikkou

Fotini Tikkou is an illustrator and ceramic artist based in Athens, Greece. She studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Her work includes children's books, editorial illustrations, book covers, art licensing, pattern design, and ceramics.

Reviews

“In a pieced-together collaboration told via the lens of three carryalls, individuals across generations and homelands recall instances of families seeking new lives in America.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“The role of immi­grants is not an abstrac­tion in this inspir­ing book, which grants each char­ac­ter the dig­ni­ty of a par­tic­u­lar set of motives and con­se­quences. At the same time, the authors and illus­tra­tor por­tray immi­gra­tion as a for­ma­tive expe­ri­ence that unites Amer­i­cans.”

-Jewish Book Council

Three women, from three different continents and separated by generations, share stories of coming to the United States. Sarah's great-great grandmother Manya fled the Cossacks in the Ukraine at the turn of the twentieth century. Grace's mom escaped with her family during the Iranian revolution in 1979. Raquel and her family fled gang violence in El Salvador in the 2010s. These three stories, all accounts of the authors' real family stories—Manya is legendary author Jane Yolen's grandmother—highlight the essential commonality of the immigrant experience.

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Details:
SKU WW-NL6128
ISBN 9781478875901
Series Reycraft Books
Lexile level 670L
Genre Memoirs
Language English
Theme 20th Century History 20th Century History, Courage in Hard Times, Past and Present
Juvenile Nonfiction Juvenile Nonfiction / Social Issues / Emigration & Immigration
Juvenile Nonfiction / Family / Multigenerational
Juvenile Nonfiction / Social Issues / Violence
Full Description

Three women, from three different continents and separated by generations, share stories of coming to the United States. Sarah's great-great grandmother Manya fled the Cossacks in the Ukraine at the turn of the twentieth century. Grace's mom escaped with her family during the Iranian revolution in 1979. Raquel and her family fled gang violence in El Salvador in the 2010s. These three stories, all accounts of the authors' real family stories—Manya is legendary author Jane Yolen's grandmother—highlight the essential commonality of the immigrant experience.

Author & Illustrator

Jane Yolen, Marjorie Lotfi and Raquel Elizabeth Artiga de Paz

Jane Yolen is the author of over 400 books for children. She has won numerous awards, including a lifetime achievement award from the Association of Jewish Libraries and the Caldecott Medal. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates for her body of work, so–she jokingly says–you could call her Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Yolen though she can’t set a leg. 

Marjorie Lotfi is an Iranian-American who has lived in the UK for over 20 years. Her first collection of poetry, The Wrong Person to Ask, was published in 2023. Marjorie is a Founder and Director of Open Book, a charity that supports over 1200 reading and creative writing sessions each year across Scotland, including in prisons, shelters, and with refugee and migrant groups. In her spare time, Marjorie is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, and an editor of New Writing Scotland.

Raquel Elizabeth Artiga de Paz emigrated from El Salvador to Massachusetts. Raquel is learning English, working as a caretaker with people in their own homes, and singing in a chorus. She and Jane Yolen met at the Center for New Americans and with the help of translator Laurie Millman (head of the Center), they worked on her part of this book together.

Fotini Tikkou

Fotini Tikkou is an illustrator and ceramic artist based in Athens, Greece. She studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Her work includes children's books, editorial illustrations, book covers, art licensing, pattern design, and ceramics.

Reviews

“In a pieced-together collaboration told via the lens of three carryalls, individuals across generations and homelands recall instances of families seeking new lives in America.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“The role of immi­grants is not an abstrac­tion in this inspir­ing book, which grants each char­ac­ter the dig­ni­ty of a par­tic­u­lar set of motives and con­se­quences. At the same time, the authors and illus­tra­tor por­tray immi­gra­tion as a for­ma­tive expe­ri­ence that unites Amer­i­cans.”

-Jewish Book Council

About The Author

Peter Afflerbach, Ph.D.

Peter Afflerbach, Ph.D., is Professor of Reading in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy, and Leadership at the University of Maryland. His research includes focus on reading comprehension strategies and processes, verbal reporting, reading in Internet and hypertext environments, and mindfulness. Peter’s work as an author or co-author includes Fostering Metacognitive and Independent Readers and Meaningful Reading Assessment. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University at Albany, SUNY. 

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