The American Wei

Title

The American Wei

Illustrator

Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan

Publisher

Albert Whitman & Co

Publication Year

1998

ISBN

9780807503126

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When Wei Fong loses his first tooth while going to his family's naturalization ceremony, many soon-to-be Americans join in the search.

Grade Level

K-3; 3-5

Lexile Measure

AD570L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Racial Diversity; Language barrier; Immigrants and refugees; Multiracial; different languages; immigrant family; immigrant child; immigrant parents; citizenship; naturalization; multiracial community

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Asian (Chinese) / Black (Kenyan; Trinidadian) / White (French; Polish)

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year, 1999 Five to Nine Today
Immigrant Experience, 1999
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 1999 World History and Culture

Keywords

tooth; tooth fairy; ceremony; teamwork; search; New York; food; money; swearing in

Diversity Impact

direct

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