Hannah is My Name (Hardcover)
Candlewick, 9780763622237, 40pp.
Publication Date: August 19, 2004
With Chinese-influenced paintings in jewel-like colors, Belle Yang tells an immigration tale that reflects one of the many facets of the American dream.
Hannah is my name in this new country. It doesn't sound at all like my
Chinese name, Na-Li, which means beautiful.
It's a long way from Taiwan to San Francisco, but Hannah's family has made the journey because they want to make America their home. Here in America, Baba tells his daughter, people are free to say what they think, and children can grow up to be whatever they choose. And so Hannah takes a new name, begins a new school, learns a new language, and starts to adjust to a new way of life. Meanwhile, they all wait — and hope — for the arrival of the green cards that will assure they are finally home to stay.