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America My New Home

by Monica Gunning

Illustrated by Ken Condon

Boyds Mills Press 2004

Ages: 7 to 10

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

These poems bring to light the longing a child has for her Caribbean home and life in Jamaica as well as the excitement of the welcoming new home in America. It is the same theme that Pearl Buck once wrote about in her novel My Several Worlds, Monica Gunning captures the new life of an immigrant in America in an upbeat manner. She writes about the library, the symphony, the Statue of Liberty and the fresh new fallen snow. The chalk illustrations enrich the poems.

For younger children, please look at her poems in Not a Copper Penny in Me House, Boyds Mills Press 1999.