Our New Home: Immigrant Children Speak

Our New Home: Immigrant Children Speak


Edited by Emily Hearn & Marywinn Milne


From the diverse cultures of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Vietnam, Germany, Guyana, Somalia, and others, immigrant children write of their experiences leaving their homes and moving to a new country. The stories, poems, and pictures in Our New Home tell of the fear and sadness, the excitement and challenge of moving to another world and forging a new sense of self in a new land.

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About the Editor

Emily Hearn worked at the National Film Board, wrote programs on music, dance, and poetry for CBC Radio and the Polka Dot Door for TVO, and she wrote a natural history comic strip, "Mighty Mites" with artist Mark Thurman for OWL Magazine. She wrote several children's books, including Franny and the Music Girland Hattie Pearl Click Click, both published by Second Story Press. Emily also released two books of poetry: Grass of Green Moment and They look Like This To Me. She lived with her husband, Douglas Valleau, in Toronto. Emily passed away in 2015.

About the Editor

Marywinn Milne has a B.A. in French from York University. Her teaching career spanned over 30 years with the Toronto District School Board, where she taught grades one through four. She also worked for many years as an ESL/D teacher and Teacher/Librarian. She was nominated for the Award of Excellence by the Ontario School Library Association. Since retiring in 2004, Marywinn spends her time with family, friends, and enjoying many hobbies.

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Product Information

  • Release: October 31, 2007

  • $13.95 Paperback

  • 130 Pages

  • 6.5 x 8

  • Children's Nonfiction

  • Ages 8-11 / Grades 3-6

  • Lexile: 800L Guided Reading: P

  • ISBN: 9781897187326


  • Character Education
    > Empathy

  • History & Social Studies
    > Global Cultures
    > Government & Citizenship

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Cultural & Ethnic Diversity

  • Diaspora & Immigration Studies

Praise for Our New Home: Immigrant Children Speak

"The collection includes harrowing stories of escape from oppressive regimes, or the frustration at having no choice in moving to a new country, and the universally nerve-wracking experience of adjusting to a new school, new language, a colder climate, and new friends.... [A] highly readable book that would no doubt be indispensable in opening up dialogue about the immigration experience in classrooms and school libraries. Highly Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"This collection of stories written by immigrant children is a window into understanding the immigrant experience from a child’s point of view.... Highly recommended for Grades 2 to 5." - Professionally Speaking (The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers)