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Mexican Americans

Introduces readers to the Mexican American culture, immigration aspects, customs, religion, foods, and holidays. Famous Mexican Americans, as well as noted contributions and inventions by Mexican Americans, are also presented.

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  • The First Arab Americans
  • Hard Work and Success
  • Arab-American Life
  • Arab-American Contributions
  • Time Line
  • Glossary Terms
  • For Further Information
  • Index
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Dewey 973.046
ATOS Reading Level 6.6
Guided Reading Level Y
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Number of Pages
Graphics Full-color photographs, Historical photographs

A noteworthy review of Our Cultural Heritage from MultiCultural Review on September 1, 2003

This 12-volume series for students in the middle elementary grades (it is aimed at a fourth-grade reading level) describes the community and contributions of national groups of immigrants to the United States. Each volume contains four chapters: one on life in the country of origin, followed by chapters on the move to America, becoming established in a new country, and the cultural contributions the group has made. The large-type text is accompanied by numerous illustrations and drawings, most of which are fairly small and original to the period being discussed. Most chapters also include a one- or two-page sidebar on a particular American from that group or on a cultural topic. The volume on German Americans, for example, has sidebars on Revolutionary War heroine Molly Pitcher, the history of Ellis Island, and the singing von Trapp family (a slight stretch here, as they were Austrian). Many of the page spreads include a ‘Fascinating Facts’; in the Swedish-American volume, we learn that Charles Lindbergh’s grandfather, Mans Olsson Lindbergh, was a Swedish immigrant who served in the Union Army in the American Civil War. Without going into great depth, this series does connect life in these countries of origin with the immigrant experience as well as with the place each group has in American culture. Students will probably find it interesting to learn of the sometimes unexpected ethnic backgrounds of well-known people, such as in the chapter in the Arab-American volume that includes football player Doug Flutie, disc jockey Casey Kasem, and recent presidential candidate Ralph Nader. Each volume contain a time line, a glossary of the words bolded in the text, a short list of books and web sites for further reading, and an index.

A noteworthy review of Our Cultural Heritage from Children's Literature on November 1, 2002

In the mid-19th century American military power was used to defeat the forces of the Mexican government and greatly expand the territorial confines of America. First in the Texan War and then in the Mexican War American forces defeated those of Mexico and set the stage for an imperialist growth in American power. As a result of those events, areas that had historically been Spanish in culture were absorbed into the American body politic. States such as Texas, New Mexico, California, Arizona, and Utah all owe their origins to those events. Also, as a result of American conquests, thousands of Mexican people became residents of a new nation. Over time, millions more were to legally and illegally migrate north of the border. As a result, Mexican-Americans make up the most rapidly growing minority group of people in the United States. The rich linguistic and cultural heritage of Mexican-Americans exerts a steadily increasing influence on American habits. The details of this migration of Mexican people are touched upon in Judy Alter’s illustrated history of immigration from below the Rio Grande. In this informative work the author provides younger readers with a snapshot of the Mexican-American immigrant experience. Topics such as motives for migration, the travails of coming to a land that is not always welcoming, and contributions made by Mexican-Americans are all presented in a reasonable way. This is a helpful book that deals with a subject of growing importance.

A noteworthy review of Our Cultural Heritage from Midwest Book Review on October 1, 2002

Each book explains the history of the immigration and how experiences and motivations differed between groups. This series provides young readers with important information suitable for either supplemental classroom reading or reports.

Author: Judy Alter