Last Friday at Country Parkway Elementary in Williamsville, NY, I was once again struck by the beautiful children who speak and understand two languages. During my exchange year in Denmark, I came to appreciate this gift of two tongues. I never became fluent in Danish, but 23 years later, a Danish word still occasionally pops into my head and I struggle to find a perfect English equivalent. What would it feel like to have two complete worlds of words inside, sometimes in their own spaces but sometimes dancing together?
There are a few books about which I can say, "Just trust me...order it!" The Arrival, by Shaun Tan, is one. This wordless book about the immigrant experience for older students and their families is breathtaking.
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