Cover image for Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish immigrants, 1820-1920

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Discusses reasons Scandinavian people left their homeland to come to America, the experiences immigrants had in the new country, and the contributions this cultural group made to American society. Includes activities.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Immigration to the U.S. in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries is the subject of these titles in the new Coming to America series. Children in settled and in newly emigrated families from everywhere will welcome the look back, and those with families from Germany and Scandinavia will find this a good place to start researching family history, for school and for personal interest. Each title takes a quick look at where the immigrants came from, why they left, their arrival in the U.S., their struggle to keep their traditions, and their contributions to this country. The type is small and the writing style is flat, but the facts are solid, and the open, magazine-style design includes historical photos on each page and lots of sidebars and features, including a map, craft ideas, and recipes. A glossary, a bibliography, and a list of museums and Web sites are appended. More titles are listed in the Series Roundup in this issue. --Hazel Rochman


School Library Journal Review

ea vol: 32p. (Coming to America Series). illus. maps. photos. reprods. chron. further reading. glossary. index. Web sites. CIP. Capstone/Blue Earth. 2001. PLB $16.95. Gr 3-6-These series entries describe early immigrants from each region, life in the homeland, the voyage, arriving and surviving in America, and keeping traditions. They are similar in factual content to Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler's The Irish American Family Album (1995; o.p.) and The Scandinavian American Family Album (1997, both Oxford), but on a more accessible reading level. The handsome, wide format contains sepia-toned period photographs that fade into the page, along with full-color reproductions of various objects, from a shamrock plant to Danish-made reed shoes. Sidebars contain short first-person accounts. The interesting texts display some inconsistencies when citing figures, and topics are sometimes mentioned briefly in more than one place. Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish Immigrants treats all groups together, rather than each separately. The organization and the inclusion of recipes and suggested activities (growing potatoes in a pot, making Scandinavian flags, doing basic genealogy) make these volumes a good browsing choice.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.