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Book Title: A Picnic in October|
The author of the book: Eve Bunting
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Edition: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: September 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780152050658
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This is a wonderful book that helps to convey the emotions of immigrants as they come to America. The family in this story celebrates a special birthday each year in October, but initially the main character, a boy named Tony, is embarrassed by the family's traditional celebration. In the end, though, he learns a little more about what it means to become an American and the importance of the symbolic nature of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
My family's roots in America go way, way back, but my husband's family had come to America in more recent times. After we read the book we discussed the family's background with our nephew, who is visiting. We should certainly look more into the family's geneology and find out about the people and circumstances that brought his forebears to the United States.
The fact that seventeen million people entered the United States through Ellis Island is an important part of our history. And I love that the boy is reluctant, almost impertinent at first, but comes to appreciate the meaning in the tradition. The narrative was short enough to keep a younger child's attention, but mature enough for our girls. The acrylic illustrations are colorful and expressive. We really enjoyed reading this book together.
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Read information about the authorAlso known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E. Bunting.
Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.
Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling. In Ireland, “There used to be Shanachies… the shanachie was a storyteller who went from house to house telling his tales of ghosts and fairies, of old Irish heroes and battles still to be won. Maybe I’m a bit of a Shanchie myself, telling stories to anyone who will listen.” This storytelling began as an inspiration for Bunting and continues with her work.
In 1958, Bunting moved to the United States with her husband and three children. A few years later, Bunting enrolled in a community college writing course. She felt the desire to write about her heritage. Bunting has taught writing classes at UCLA. She now lives in Pasadena, California.
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