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Ellis island

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 audio disc (1 hr., 2 min., 2 sec. : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
Compact disc.

Includes index.

Book published: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2016.
Track 1 (Narration with page-turn signals) Track 2 (Narration with no page-turn signals)

Island of hope -- American dreams -- A difficult trip -- Gull Island -- Buildings of Ellis Island -- On American soil -- 6 cool facts about Ellis Island -- Trouble upon arrival -- Helping out -- Beyond Ellis Island -- Making an impact -- A deserted village -- Restoring a monument -- Quiz whiz -- Glossary.
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Looks at the history of Ellis Island and identifies its early roles as a Mohegan island, fisherman rest spot, famous immigration station, and today's museum.


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Explore the history of Ellis Island, one of the most recognized landmarks in American history. Kids will learn about its early history as a Mohegan island and rest spot for fishermen through its time as a famous immigration station to today's museum. The level 3 text provides accessible, yet wide-ranging, information for independent readers.

Author Notes

ELIZABETH CARNEY is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in nonfiction children's books and science, math, and STEM-related magazines. Her author credits include Everything Big Cats, Everything Dolphins, Great Migrations: Whales, Wildebeests, Butterflies, Elephants, and Other Amazing Animals on the Move, and several titles in the Face to Face and National Geographic Readers series. Carney received the 2005 AAAS Science Journalism Award for science reporting for children. Her titles Face to Face With Cheetahs, Face to Face With Gorillas, and Great Migrations: Whales, Wildebeests, Butterflies, Elephants, and Other Amazing Animals on the Move appeared on the National Science Teachers Association's Outstanding Science Trade Book list for 2008, 2009, and 2010 respectively.

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Horn Book Review

This leveled text for fluent readers is an accessible account of the "main gateway to America," where so many immigrants started their lives in the U.S. The layout is busy and colorful, crowded with archival photographs, captions, call-outs, and text with solid information; kids won't know the highlighted famous immigrants (e.g., songwriter Irving Berlin). A quiz is included. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.