All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel Hardcover – 8 Mar 2011
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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly:
"In this affectionate personal history, Yaccarino ("Lawn to Lawn") traces his ancestry from Sorrento, Italy to New York City. . . Folksy and warm, this is a timely reminder that America is a nation of immigrants."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2011:
"Yaccarino s family is proudly Italian, but their immigration story is universal. Readers of varied backgrounds will be able to identify with the search for a better life in a new country, the passing along of values and heirlooms, and the addition of new family members. The story will make an excellent family-history discussion starter."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, February 2011:
"With clarity and deep affection, Yaccarino turns his family history into a story of enduring charm. . . . A gloriously warm celebration."
"All the Way to America" is a charmer. Yaccarino s heartwarming story rings clearly with truth, good cheer, and love. Tomie de Paola, winner of a Caldecott Honor Award for "Strega Nona"
A shovel is just a shovel, but in Dan Yaccarino s hands it becomes a way to dig deep into the past and honor all those who helped make us who we are. Eric Rohmann, winner of the Caldecott Medal for "My Friend Rabbit"
About the Author
DAN YACCARINO is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator with more than thirty books to his credit. Dan is also the creator of the animated TV series "Oswald." He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
"They worked very hard, but they were also very poor."
"Work hard, enjoy life, and never forget your family."
As prosperity grows, decade after decade, new opportunities open up. This is an interesting immigrant story posing as a biography of an unknown author (sorry.)
But what makes it effective is its charming grasp of life's truths: work hard, enjoy life, and never forget your family.
Tomorrow will surely come.
A small biography for the very young, with that wonderful characteristically Dan Yaccarino-ish simplicity.
"So when I grew up, I moved back to the city where my great-grandfather Michele had lived.
`Work hard,' my father told me as he handed me the little shovel. `But remember to enjoy life.'
`And don't forget to call your family,' said my mother."