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Random House Children's Books 2016
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A timely and beautiful look at America’s rich history of diversity, from Faith Ringgold, the Coretta Scott King and Caldecot Honor winning creator of Tar Beach
 
From the Native Americans who first called this land their home, to the millions of people who have flocked to its shores ever since, America is a country rich in diversity. Some of our ancestors were driven by dreams and hope. Others came in chains, or were escaping poverty or persecution. No matter what brought them here, each person embodied a unique gift—their art and music, their determination and grit, their stories and their culture. And together they forever shaped the country we all call home.
 
Vividly expressed in Faith Ringgold’s sumptuous colors and patterns, We Came to America is an ode to every American who came before us, and a tribute to each child who will carry its proud message of diversity into our nation’s future. 
 
PRAISE FOR WE CAME TO AMERICA:
 
“As Americans wrestle with the moral and legal aspects of immigration, Ringgold offers a reminder of the country’s multifaceted lineage—and of the beauty to be discovered at cultural crossroads…. The simplicity of Ringgold’s text, combined with the captivating designs, makes this a compelling, must-have narrative for a wide audience.”      
      –School Library Journal, starred review
 
 
“Using a broad brush and folk style familiar from her story quilts, Ringgold pictures families of diverse heritage… her powerful voice emphasizes unity and mutual appreciation.”                –Publishers Weekly
 
“[A] timely look at the diverse makeup and backgrounds of the American people.”    –Booklist
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Street Date:
05/10/2016
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English
ISBN:
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AD: Adult Directed
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Faith Ringgold. (2016). We Came to America. Random House Children's Books.

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      • bioText: Faith Ringgold was born in Harlem in 1930. She received a degree in art education from the City College of New York and was an art teacher long before she became a professional artist. She is best known for her pained story quilts, some of which hang in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Tar Beach, Ringgold’s first book for children, won the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration and was named a Caldecott honor Book. Her other award-winning books includeAunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky and Harlem Renaissance Party. 
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A timely and beautiful look at America’s rich history of diversity, from Faith Ringgold, the Coretta Scott King and Caldecot Honor winning creator of Tar Beach
 
From the Native Americans who first called this land their home, to the millions of people who have flocked to its shores ever since, America is a country rich in diversity. Some of our ancestors were driven by dreams and hope. Others came in chains, or were escaping poverty or persecution. No matter what brought them here, each person embodied a unique gift—their art and music, their determination and grit, their stories and their culture. And together they forever shaped the country we all call home.
 
Vividly expressed in Faith Ringgold’s sumptuous colors and patterns, We Came to America is an ode to every American who came before us, and a tribute to each child who will carry its proud message of diversity into our nation’s future. 
 
PRAISE FOR WE CAME TO AMERICA:
 
“As Americans wrestle with the moral and legal aspects of immigration, Ringgold offers a reminder of the country’s multifaceted lineage—and of the beauty to be discovered at cultural crossroads…. The simplicity of Ringgold’s text, combined with the captivating designs, makes this a compelling, must-have narrative for a wide audience.”      
      –School Library Journal, starred review
 
 
“Using a broad brush and folk style familiar from her story quilts, Ringgold pictures families of diverse heritage… her powerful voice emphasizes unity and mutual appreciation.”                –Publishers Weekly
 
“[A] timely look at the diverse makeup and backgrounds of the American people.”    –Booklist
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        February 15, 2016
        In a timely reflection, Ringgold (Harlem Renaissance Party) urges American readers to consider our collective pasts. Using a broad brush and folk style familiar from her story quilts, Ringgold pictures families of diverse heritage, accompanied by general comments on migrant experiences. She takes care to assert that “Some of us were already here/ Before the others came,” and “some of us were brought in chains” to American shores. Although her subjects wear the familiar garb of 19th-century Europeans and the traditional apparel of Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and Hindus, Ringgold never mentions a place or faith by name. Instead, she reinforces Americans’ global origins in a refrain: “We came to America,/ Every color, race, and religion,/ From every country in the world.” Ringgold focuses on bygone centuries rather than the present day, and while the occasional rhyme rings hollow (an image of a ballerina is paired with the vague “Our joyful dance now freed our pain,/ Gently, like soothing rain”), her powerful voice emphasizes unity and mutual appreciation: “In spite of where we came from,/ Or how or why we came,/ We are ALL Americans,/ Just the same.” Ages 5–8.

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        March 1, 2016
        A heartfelt U.S. history lesson that's less about our differences and more about how "We are ALL Americans, / Just the same." Known for her trademark folkloric spreads, Caldecott Honoree Ringgold showcases the arrival of people immigrating to America. By way of luscious colors and powerful illustrations, readers embark upon a journey toward togetherness, though it's not without its hardships: "Some of us were already here / Before the others came," reads an image with Native Americans clad in ornate jewelry and patterned robes. The following spread continues, "And some of us were brought in chains, / Losing our freedom and our names." Depicted on juxtaposing pages are three bound, enslaved Africans and an African family unchained, free. The naive-style acrylic paintings feature bold colors and ethnic diversity--Jewish families, Europeans, Asian, and South Asian groups all come to their new home. Muslims and Latinos clearly recognizable as such are absent, and Ringgold's decision to portray smiling, chained slaves is sure to raise questions (indeed, all figures throughout display small smiles). Despite these stumbling blocks, the book's primary, communal message, affirmed in its oft-repeated refrain, is a welcome one: "We came to America, / Every color, race, and religion, / From every country in the world." Preceding the story, Ringgold dedicates the book "to all the children who come to America....May we welcome them...." In today's complex world, this book offers a humbling reminder about our arduous histories, though it has significant gaps. (Picture book. 5-7)

        COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Starred review from April 1, 2016

        K-Gr 3-As Americans wrestle with the moral and legal aspects of immigration, Ringgold offers a reminder of the country's multifaceted lineage-and of the beauty to be discovered at cultural crossroads. The artist has repurposed a title she applied in 1997 to a story quilt; it featured a revolt on a slave ship whose beacon was a black Statue of Liberty. Here she broadens her scope. After she acknowledges that "some of us were already here" and "some of us were brought in chains," her free verse unfolds with a line or two on each page touching on reasons for immigration and the solace and joy found in sharing "our food, our fashion, and our art...." A refrain emphasizing the country's ethnic and religious plurality punctuates the occasionally rhyming stanzas. The poem is paired with tableaux of families from various time periods and places, as if their portraits were captured the moment they stepped on American soil. Vibrant paint on canvas provides a changing, high contrast backdrop for the parade of patterns and styles, from the bold geometrics of African cloth and the pinstriped suits and fedoras of Europe to the decorative tunics and elaborate headdresses of Eastern communities. A final scene depicting a gathering of diverse children concludes that despite differences, "we are ALL Americans, /Just the same." While the message is a time-honored one, it clearly needs to be foregrounded. VERDICT The simplicity of Ringgold's text, combined with the captivating designs, makes this a compelling, must-have narrative for a wide audience.-Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library

        Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        July 1, 2016
        Ringgold's poetic text and vibrant art affirm the message that diversity enriches us all. She does acknowledge that "Some of us were already here / Before the others came. / And some of us were brought in chains, / Losing our freedom and our names." The text also touches on varied reasons for immigration.

        (Copyright 2016 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

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From the Native Americans who first called this land their home, to the millions of people who have flocked to its shores ever since, America is a country rich in diversity. Some of our ancestors were driven by dreams and hope. Others came in chains, or were escaping poverty or persecution. No matter what brought them here, each person embodied a unique gift—their art and music, their determination and grit, their stories and their culture. And together they forever shaped the country we all call home.
 
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