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Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite
Hopping to America: A Rabbit's Tale of Immigration by Diana Pishner Walker is the tale of a rabbit family that immigrates from Italy to the United States. They find things difficult at first, like speaking the language, and of course missing their native country. They settle in West Virginia where other family members are already living. When Fall comes, the rabbit kids start school and make friends, learning more about America and teaching their friends about Italian customs. The story peaks when the rabbit family gets to celebrate at an Italian Easter Festival. This is a fully illustrated children's book. The story has a lot going on, from immigration and passports to learning the language and then celebrating their native heritage.
Hopping to America: A Rabbit's Tale of Immigration by Diana Pishner Walker is written to be a tale of social issues about culture and assimilation as depicted by a rabbit family moving from Italy to America. This book might be a little complicated for younger children, so would I recommend it more for those a little older, perhaps just below middle grade readers. I did like how there was a glossary of Italian terms at the end of the book so that children could learn something new and understand some of the words used in the book. Hopping to America: A Rabbit's Tale of Immigration by Diana Pishner Walker shows kids how different people can come together to celebrate both their differences and similarities.