All the Way to America

All the Way to America

The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel

By Dan Yaccarino

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375866425, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 8, 2011

Description
This immigration story is universal. "School Library Journal," Starred
Dan Yaccarino's great-grandfather arrived at Ellis Island with a small shovel and his parents good advice: Work hard, but remember to enjoy life, and never forget your family. With simple text and warm, colorful illustrations, Yaccarino recounts how the little shovel was passed down through four generations of this Italian-American family along with the good advice.
It's a story that will have kids asking their parents and grandparents: Where did "we" come from? How did our family make the journey all the way to America?
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"
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"All the Way to America" is a charmer. Yaccarino's heartwarming story rings clearly with truth, good cheer, and love. Tomie dePaola, winner of a Caldecott Honor Award for "Strega Nona.


About the Author
Dan Yaccarino is an award-winning artist whose work has been featured in magazines, ad campaigns, and animation worldwide. His large-scale paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries across New York City, Tokyo, and Rome. Mr. Yaccarino has written several books of his own and illustrated numerous books by other authors, including I Met a Bear and So Big!. His television show Oswald the Octopus airs on Nick Jr. He lives with his wife, Susan, and their son, Michael Dante, in New York City.


Praise For All the Way to America

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