One Good Thing about America
One Good Thing about America is about a nine-year-old girl named Anaïs who just moved from Africa to America. She originally spoke French, so English is difficult for her. For example, she writes “SA” instead of “essay.” This creates some funny scenes. The whole book is full of letters that Anaïs is writing to her Oma, who is still in Africa. There are no letters from Oma, and there is no narrator. Sometimes this caused curiosity and confusion because Anaïs referred to a letter that wasn’t in the book. Oma insists that she writes in English, so Anaïs has grammatical errors here and there. I liked when Anaïs was introduced to new foods that she loved, such as pizza, ice cream, and potato chips. Her new experiences were described very realistically. For example, she loves snow at first but becomes sick of it after several weeks. Because of the writing style, there was not a great deal of action. There were sections that felt dull to me. There is also not a great deal of description of other characters. I would have liked to know them better.
Ruth Freeman • Kathrin Honesta, Illustrator