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Poet and photographer Charles Smith, Jr. has created a poignant, stunning photographic picture book that celebrates the many faces that make up America."I am America/I am proud/I am diverse/soft-spoken/and loud."The powerful poem in this one-of-a-kind book is enhanced by the accompanying photographs that represent children of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. The playPoet and photographer Charles Smith, Jr. has created a poignant, stunning photographic picture book that celebrates the many faces that make up America."I am America/I am proud/I am diverse/soft-spoken/and loud."The powerful poem in this one-of-a-kind book is enhanced by the accompanying photographs that represent children of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. The playful images and touching poetry work together to tell the story of America. Children and parents alike will be moved by each unforgettable face and each strikingly beautiful line of verse. Photographer Charles Smith, Jr. brings his unique artistic style to this patriotic and poignant portrayal of America's children....

Title : I am America
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ISBN : 9780439431798
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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I am America Reviews

  • Dillon
    2019-02-04 18:13

    This book is about diversity in America and how diversity has defined America since the beginning of its time. By saying that I’m not rewriting history and saying that America has never been racist or unfair, I’m saying that that was the basis America was founded on and it continues to be so today. This book goes through each page with images of a real student and a short sentence that describes something about them or what they do that is unique. Each sentence on every page begins with “I am” and then finishes out with a characteristic of the student or something that they like to do. Several ethnicities are observed through this book as the author has chosen to take pictures of students that are Caucasian, African American, Asian American, and Hispanic American. This book would also be a great tool to show students how everyone is different and how it is okay to be different from one another. Diversity among each other makes life worth living and we can learn from each other because those differences exist. If we were all the same then there would be nothing that we could learn from one another. The way this book is graphically presented speaks so much to the title of this book. As I said before the pictures of the students in this book represent students across several different ethnicities. Also each page is uniquely colorful and different. Symbolically this represents diversity because each page has its own unique color scheme to go along with each unique student. Each page also has a different fact about each one of the students. This helps to highlight diversity even further among the students in this book.

  • Danielle
    2019-02-01 16:06

    This is a good book to use when talking about the topic of diversity. It shows what America is all about. I really liked how each description used real children so that the children can relate a lot more. I would change a few things. I felt like the African American children used were in very sterotyped descriptions,like the one about liking blues, soul, hip hop and a couple of others that I can't remember right now. I think that they should have maybe used multiple backgrounds of children to represent some of the categories instead. Overall it was a very good book though.

  • Earl
    2019-02-05 12:21

    This book celebrates the diversity in our country. We are struggling to remember that it was our differences that were the building blocks of this nation. We must continue to build upon that- not a wall to keep others out but a platform to raise each other up. And I hope we continue to fight for our melting pot, our rainbow, and our divided but still united states of America.

  • Maggie
    2019-02-19 16:04

    This is an outstanding book to share with young readers at this time of the year. Shared with my granddaughters and was interesting to watch how they responded to all of the different children's faces. And even better, they saw children who look like them.

  • Davonni
    2019-02-16 12:18

    I Am America is a great book about teaching children about diversity. Charles Smith Jr, does a great job at showing the many different faces of children who live in America ant the activities they enjoy doing. This book is suited for elementary school age children of all cultural. This book reads more as poem with lines that state “I am American I am proud, I am diverse, soft spoken and loud.” As a literacy teacher I would use this text to talk about different types of poems in literature. I would encourage the students to try and write their own short poems about themselves. I also believe this book would work well in a social studies lesson. When talking about all the different cultures that make up America, this would be a good resource for the kids to read. The author’s cultural background was not something that stood out in this book. So many cultural were shown throughout book, not one was singled out or talked about more than the other. The author and the illustrator both do a great job at showing how America is made up of so many different faces. The words and pictures go hand in hand together to keep the children interested who are reading this book. This book relates to my topic by discussing the different types of identities of children. It shows children from all different backgrounds that have similar likes. Showing that no matter what your background is, you are just like everyone else. I would recommend this text to other teachers because it does a great job at teaching students to appreciate different cultural other than their own.

  • Erina Jeon
    2019-01-30 19:06

    This book definitely promotes multicultural ideas. The pictures in the book display children from all different backgrounds. The text encourages children to be more culturally aware because it displays children with different types of skin, hair, etc. There are not enough books in schools that contain illustrations or pictures of children from all different backgrounds. This book is a good book for children who are emergent readers. It will subconsciously promote multicultural ideas. This book is interesting to children because many children are visual learners. It has plenty of photos of different children. It also contains religions which I think is important to expose children to. Children should be aware of and acknowledge the fact that other religions exist and can coexist. This book utilizes style and language that are appropriate for the children's ages and interests. The pictures are accurate in terms of setting because it represents America with people of all different races, religions, and physical appearances. The only thing that is not included, that should be, is children of varying abilities. The photos in the book represent a variety of cultural groups so that children are exposed to multiple perspectives and values. There are no negative stereotypes of the represented groups and diversity is apparent.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-01 16:11

    Okay, this one I didn't mind as much as I Am the World because this one was much more playful (though I'm still full of small critiques, one of the big ones being that for all the diversity represented in the bodies of the children, all their attire, foods, etc. were generic "American").I most rolled my eyes at "I am Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Mormon, Quaker, Amish," because, um, ALL of those you just listed are Christian -- except for Muslim and Jewish. Could we maybe just say "Christian" and then have room for Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, etc.? Speaking of, I felt like the kids depicted were mostly white and black, with a little bit of Asian and ambiguous brown (I think Indian) represented -- no one seemed obviously Latinx, Middle Eastern, ethnically Jewish, Native American...

  • Hoang Shin
    2019-02-02 11:21

    This is a really cute picture book. It features photographs of children from various ethnic backgrounds. It sends a message that America is made up of many different kinds of cultures and backgrounds. I like that it incorporates such a wonderful poem that adds playfulness to the text.I would use this book to introduce new writing styles such as poetry. It is also a great text for students to make text to self connections with. Students can create poems that describe them as Americans; maybe this would even be great for creating a poem collectively.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-06 12:20

    This book has good pictures for talking about diversity. It shows children who look different but all represent America. I liked this book. It was a fairly simple book, so I do not have much to say about it, it would be good for beginning readers. LevelGrades K - 2Reading LevelGrade level Equivalent: Not AvailableLexile® Measure: Not AvailableDRA: 30Guided Reading: NType of Book: Photo EssayTheme/SubjectCulture and DiversityUnited StatesPatriotism

  • Charmaine
    2019-02-04 11:14

    I Am America is a poem about children of different creeds within The United States of America. The poem does not have a main character yet the poem describes the different types of children who make up America. The poem also lists the different genres of music, religion, nationality and diversity of facial features which collectively make up the face of America. I would use this text to help students learn about poems.

  • Shannon Jackson
    2019-01-23 15:15

    My kids absolutely adore this book! I particulary enjoy how the author writes about cultural diversity on a level in which young kids can understand. He stresses that America is a melting pot of different types of people and no matter the differences, we're all still Americans. The pictures are bright and colorful, appealing to the young reader and the prose is perfect - simple but demonstrates the diversity that is America. I highly recommend this for the young expat - ages 3 - 5.

  • Belise Michel
    2019-02-17 19:18

    It is also a great tool to use to talk about how we all are different but we all are still Americans. It is also a great tool to use to talk diversity. How we all are different in many ways but we are still Americans that can look different, wear different clothes, have a different religion, and so on.

  • Thu Nguyen
    2019-02-19 17:20

    It is a book that promote diversity in the classroom. Children can make their own page and put together as a class book. I love the author using the children's photographs. If i have my own classroom, i would take pictures od my students with facial expression and different pose, costumes, etc. to hang around the classroom.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-20 15:31

    This book was very cute. This book shows how students fit in the the American culture and how it's not just one "type" of person. This book could be integrated into Social Studies. Students could make their own page of the book and put them together and make a class book. This could be an excellence community building project for the students in the classroom.

  • Jasmine
    2019-01-24 11:22

    I Am America- Author Charles R. Smith Jr.This book is about children who represents America with their different shapes, colors and sizes. Everyone is America because of their differences. no two people are alike and that is AmericaThe content of this book focuses on differencesThis book can be utilized on the first day of school/ new classmate or people they see outside of school.

  • Bee
    2019-01-25 12:11

    This book is wonderful. It does not force any of the children into being American...but it basically let's the children know that no matter where you are from or what you look like, that they are a part of what makes up America. Great pictures but someone did mention that the pictures can be a bit stereotypical.

  • Tonia Holloway
    2019-02-02 18:10

    This is great book for diversity. The fact that the author used real photographs so the children can more relate to the images. While reading the story I would pause at each description and ask the kids if they have these traits. I would do this with each aspect of the story, making sure each child is able to relate with something.

  • Laree Brown
    2019-02-04 12:15

    This is such a cute and inspiring book! I would recommend it for social studies and it can be used in classroom when discussing the make-up of America. It clearly represents children of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. Teachers can also have students create their own I Am America classroom book to integrate literacy.

  • Bailey
    2019-01-27 19:30

    This is a cute book. I loved how so many children were in this book and it creates an easy way to incorporate your own book making in your classroom. This book shows students of all backgrounds and walks of life and show how they are America. It is a good book to use when talking about what America is with your students.

  • Megan Breslow
    2019-02-03 12:19

    This is a cute book, that shows students with the different things they like. The main idea of the book is that we are all america no matter what our taste or looks. Students can create their own I am america book or in the upper grades talk about how the bill of rights and constitution give them the right to be america as they choose.

  • Melissa Nastja
    2019-02-16 16:21

    This book shows the many people of America. Different races, religions, and lifestyles. It had great photographs for people, so students can relate to the> You could create a multimodal project out of it! Students realize that not everyone is the same, and that in America we need to love our differences.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-07 19:03

    This book could be read to a beginner class because of the simple sentences it has. You could take this book and make one in your own class using your own students to show you have differences big you're all the same!

  • Chardell
    2019-01-28 19:18

    This is a great way to get your students in early primary grade level to discuss different could even add to it by getting to know your students backgrounds....make sure everyone is included!

  • Bunty Jah
    2019-01-28 12:11

    I am America is a great poem book that teaches diversity in America. This will be great to talk to children about race, cultural differences and individuality. Love how the author uses real pictures. Loved this book will be great for children 3-6 years old.

  • Sophia
    2019-02-18 18:25

    This book is great for social studies and showing diversity. Its a short poetic book that includes photos of different ethnicity and racial backgrounds. Amazing book to share to students how everyone is different and we need to accept it.

  • Keidra Polite
    2019-02-06 16:27

    It tells the students about diversity. It would be a great way to make the students feel comfortable in your classroom. It has all different races and faces. Also, it would be great book to do an activity with.

  • Kathy
    2019-02-04 12:27

    "I like the book because it was funny.""It is a great book because it has jazz. My favorite thing is jazz.""I do not like the book because it was not fun to read."reviewed by:Mrs. Donlan's kindergarten writers

  • Sam
    2019-02-02 19:10

    That quintessential we come in all shapes and sizes and colors books. Easy read, lots of diversity. Did have an interesting 4 year old exclaim that we didn't really come in ALL shapes so...yeah...we're not stars. Yet.

  • Sharmin
    2019-02-15 19:31

    This was a very cute book that would be great for younger children. It touches on all the various differences in our country. You can make this book more specific to your class by adding pages to include everyone in your class or even making your own I am America book.

  • Cara Byrne
    2019-02-13 16:13

    A nice book that attempts to establish the musical, religious, and racial diversity of America. Unfortunately, this book feels dated and loses its timeless quality with the inclusion of (then) contemporary technology and clothing.