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Eve Bunting's book "How Many Days to America" is a personal favorite. I keep
clippings of refugee boat stories from the newspapers in my own file and
bring them out when working the story with older students. Dates spanning
two decades convince me that the issues are real enough to keep the book in
the 'must read' holiday stack.


Houghton Mifflin has quite a useful teacher's guide to the book on their


There is always value in pulling your collection of Eve Bunting issue books
(day laborers, Rodney King riots, Vietnam veteran's memorial, trans-national
adoption, homelessness) and talking about how picture books can speak to
broad social issues. 


But for  5th graders, I would go beyond the book to current immigration


 to Caribbean refugee issues, 


to orientation of the role of the US Coast Guard


to refugee assistance 


and piracy  but
also a recent National Geographic article on piracy in the Malacca Straits:



By all means, use it with confidence.


Craig Seasholes

Librarian, Giddens School

620 20th Ave S.

Seattle, WA  98144

work  206 324-4847 *818



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