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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Daisy Moves to America is a social issues picture book for children, grades k-3, written by Elyssa Nicole Trust and illustrated by Alvin Adhi. Daisy loved everything about her life in the UK. When her mom announced that the family was moving to the US, Daisy was not at all sure how she felt about the move. For one thing, it was so hard to say goodbye to her friends and classmates at school. And when she started class in her new school, she was greeted with teasing and jeers from her new classmates. They seemed to love making fun of her accent and the different terms she used for everyday things. Eventually, she didn’t want to open her mouth, and not crying was difficult to do. She hated her accent now and found a book that promised to help her sound like an American -- but was that really the solution?
Elyssa Nicole Trust’s Daisy Moves to America addresses the issues of bullying and culture shock as seen through the eyes of a young girl. I felt for Daisy as she became the lone-person-out in her new school. Kids often feel the need to belong, to be the same as their peers at school, and being singled out can be devastating. Trust’s book also examines the cultural changes a child moving to another country will experience and how that can impact their lives and feelings of self-worth. I loved how Daisy’s parents were able to show her how to be proud of who she was instead of feeding her need to assimilate. Alvin Adhi’s colorful and whimsical artwork matches the tone and tenor of the book perfectly. This book is an excellent selection to start off a discussion about bullying and appreciating those things that make each child different and special. It’s also a fun way to introduce English words for familiar objects. Be sure to check out and work with the Glossary found in the back of the book. Daisy Moves to America is most highly recommended.