{"id":509772693514,"title":"Someone New","handle":"someone-new","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca title=\"Author\/Illustrator Anne Sibley O'Brien\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/anne-sibley-obrien\"\u003eAnne Sibley O'Brien\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eIn this companion story to\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eI'm New Here\u003c\/i\u003e, three elementary schoolers — who aren't new — begin to understand and embrace three immigrant students.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAre you new here? Do you know someone new? 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She was raised bilingual and bicultural, living in the cities of Seoul and Taegu, and on the island of Kojedo. Returning to the US at age 19, Annie attended Mount Holyoke College where she majored in studio art. She spent her junior year back in Korea at Ewha Women's University in Seoul, where she studied Korean arts, including oriental painting. During college, she decided that she wanted to pursue a career in children's book illustration. She has illustrated more than twenty-five picture books, including After Gandhi, A Path of Stars, and the Jamaica books by Juanita Havill (Houghton Mifflin) and the Talking Walls books by Margy Burns Knight (Tilsbury). 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I don't want to mess it up.\" Jason, a black boy, wants to share his comics with Jin, but since Jin can't read or write English, Jason wishes he \"had a superpower to help him.\" Emma, a white girl, tries to explain to Fatimah, who wears hijab, what's happening in class, but Fatimah does not understand. Each student uses a talent of theirs (soccer, writing, and drawing) to connect with their new classmate and make a friend. O'Brien's watercolor-and-digital illustrations again make effective use of white space to positively depict the students who are already \"home\" moving through discomfort and confusion to welcoming their new classmates. The author includes a note discussing intergroup anxiety, how to overcome it, and strategies for dissolving barriers. Informative and genuine, the book offers much to learn about connecting, expanding understanding, and overcoming differences—a great companion to the previous title.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis companion to \u003ci\u003eI’m New Here\u003c\/i\u003e (2015) focuses on the same new-to-the-U.S. children (Maria from Guatemala, Jin from South Korea, and Fatimah from Somalia), but from the perspective of their classmates. Making friends can be difficult if you don’t speak English, feel that you don’t fit in, or wear different clothing from other children. Though their classmates want to help, they don’t know how to approach newcomers. Then Maria bravely asks to play soccer and proves to be skilled at the game. 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Informative and genuine, the book offers much to learn about connecting, expanding understanding, and overcoming differences—a great companion to the previous title.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis companion to \u003ci\u003eI’m New Here\u003c\/i\u003e (2015) focuses on the same new-to-the-U.S. children (Maria from Guatemala, Jin from South Korea, and Fatimah from Somalia), but from the perspective of their classmates. Making friends can be difficult if you don’t speak English, feel that you don’t fit in, or wear different clothing from other children. Though their classmates want to help, they don’t know how to approach newcomers. Then Maria bravely asks to play soccer and proves to be skilled at the game. Jin uses his talent for writing stories to connect with another student, and, similarly, Fatimah paints pictures to express herself. Once the ice is broken, friendships follow. O’Brien’s watercolor illustrations portray multi-ethnic teachers and students involved in typical primary-grade activities. Most scenes depict the children involved in specific tasks (organizing a soccer game, sitting at the writing table, creating art), and the use of white space as background highlights the kids and their feelings. 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By: Anne Sibley O'Brien

In this companion story to I'm New Here, three elementary schoolers — who aren't new — begin to understand and embrace three immigrant students.

Are you new here? Do you know someone new? In I'm New Here and Someone New, young readers explore the immigrant experience through both "windows" and "mirrors." In I'm New Here, readers meet three recent immigrants trying to adjust to a new country and school. In Someone New, the same story is told from the perspective of the students who welcome the newcomers. An honest and heartwarming look at diversity, inclusion, and friendship.

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Anne Sibley O'Brien, author & illustrator

Anne Sibley O'Brien knew she wanted to be an artist by the time she was seven. She was raised bilingual and bicultural, living in the cities of Seoul and Taegu, and on the island of Kojedo. Returning to the US at age 19, Annie attended Mount Holyoke College where she majored in studio art. She spent her junior year back in Korea at Ewha Women's University in Seoul, where she studied Korean arts, including oriental painting. During college, she decided that she wanted to pursue a career in children's book illustration. She has illustrated more than twenty-five picture books, including After Gandhi, A Path of Stars, and the Jamaica books by Juanita Havill (Houghton Mifflin) and the Talking Walls books by Margy Burns Knight (Tilsbury). Anne lives on Peaks Island in Maine.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

In I'm New Here (2015), O'Brien told the story of three new immigrants from their perspectives. Here, she tells the same story from the perspectives of the peers who welcome them. Jesse, Jason, and Emma are struggling to connect with their new peers—Maria from Guatemala, Jin from South Korea, and Fatimah from Somalia—who seem so different from them. Jesse, a white boy, sees Maria watching his team play soccer. He wonders if she even knows how to play, thinking, "Our team is already great as it is. I don't want to mess it up." Jason, a black boy, wants to share his comics with Jin, but since Jin can't read or write English, Jason wishes he "had a superpower to help him." Emma, a white girl, tries to explain to Fatimah, who wears hijab, what's happening in class, but Fatimah does not understand. Each student uses a talent of theirs (soccer, writing, and drawing) to connect with their new classmate and make a friend. O'Brien's watercolor-and-digital illustrations again make effective use of white space to positively depict the students who are already "home" moving through discomfort and confusion to welcoming their new classmates. The author includes a note discussing intergroup anxiety, how to overcome it, and strategies for dissolving barriers. Informative and genuine, the book offers much to learn about connecting, expanding understanding, and overcoming differences—a great companion to the previous title.

Booklist

This companion to I’m New Here (2015) focuses on the same new-to-the-U.S. children (Maria from Guatemala, Jin from South Korea, and Fatimah from Somalia), but from the perspective of their classmates. Making friends can be difficult if you don’t speak English, feel that you don’t fit in, or wear different clothing from other children. Though their classmates want to help, they don’t know how to approach newcomers. Then Maria bravely asks to play soccer and proves to be skilled at the game. Jin uses his talent for writing stories to connect with another student, and, similarly, Fatimah paints pictures to express herself. Once the ice is broken, friendships follow. O’Brien’s watercolor illustrations portray multi-ethnic teachers and students involved in typical primary-grade activities. Most scenes depict the children involved in specific tasks (organizing a soccer game, sitting at the writing table, creating art), and the use of white space as background highlights the kids and their feelings. Satisfyingly, most of the rapprochement is handled without adult intervention; an author’s note for adult facilitators is appended.

School Library Journal

In this companion to I’m New Here, O’Brien conveys the confusing emotions, and how to conquer them, of those who are already inside a group when someone new arrives. Through three simple tales, readers see the story of how three different children formulate their thoughts and figure out how to welcome three new friends into their class. The text and vocabulary are very simple and sometimes interspersed with dialogue between characters to show exactly how one can be welcoming. The watercolor illustrations assist with the stories beautifully, showing exactly what the students are doing and how that can sometimes inaccurately represent their thoughts and emotions. O’Brien has taken great care in detailing her character’s emotions, from nervousness to happiness, through facial expressions, body posture, and shading. Together, text and illustration combine to set a great example of creating connections and welcoming new members into a close-knit community. VERDICT A great book to help students of all ages understand how they can welcome new members into their classrooms and communities.

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