In English, of Course
Set in the Bronx during the 1950s, when postwar immigrant children were placed in their first American classrooms, this delightful story tells of the riotous linguistic misunderstandings of Josephine’s first day of school. The daughter of savvy Italian engineers, Josephine has lived in the city long enough to have learned a few words in English, but is overcome when her teacher makes her stand up in front of the class and tell about her life in Italy—in English, of course. The result is a charming tale of adventures and multicultural miscommunications as Josephine attempts to make herself understood. Children will come to understand that sometimes people underestimate the talents and dignity of newcomers to the United States and will embark on a poignant journey as Josephine tells her incredible story the best way she knows how and attempts to understand her English-speaking teacher and classmates. Josephine Nobisso is the author of 17 books including Grandpa Loved, Grandma’s Scrapbook, and Shh! The Whale is Smiling. She lives in Quogue, New York. Dasha Ziborova is the illustrator of Crispin the Terrible. She lives in New York City.
Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Racial Diversity; Language barrier; Multicultural; Multiethnic; Bilingual; Immigrants and refugees; Multiracial; communication barrier; different languages; learning a new language; multicultural community; multiple cultures; different cultures; multiple heritages; multiple ethnicities; bilingual child; immigrant family; immigrant children; multiple races; different races
Asian (Chinese) / Latinx (Puerto Rican) / White (Italian)
mother and father
melting pot; Bronx; China; Puerto Rico; Naples; architectural engineer; pride; stories; classmates; school; farm; pig; cow; river; Italian/English
Nobisso, Josephine, "In English, of Course" (2002). Diverse Families. 1676.