Little American Man: A Memoir, is the moving story of a young Israeli boy’s struggle to assimilate and fit in to American society, overcoming language and cultural barriers. It’s a first person account of personal growth from the age of five to the age of fifteen, starting with his first plane ride from Israel to America and his entrance into kindergarten where no one spoke his language, to his teen years when he identified as an American. Except for a brief mention of Sabbath observance, it has little Jewish content. Immigrants from any country and culture could relate to his experiences and feelings. In fact, it may foster tolerance for immigrants among American children. This book is suitable for ages 8 and up.
Sandy Lanton, a former teacher, earned a BA in Psychology and an MS in Early Childhood Education from Queens College. She is the author of Daddy’s Chair (Sydney Taylor Award), The Happy Hackers, Lots Of Latkes, Still a Family: A Young Child’s Book About Divorce (Gittle Honorable Mention), and The Littlest Levine (named one of the best Jewish Children’s Books of 2014 by Tablet Magazine). Her work has appeared in magazines as well as several anthologies. When she isn’t writing stories or visiting schools, Ms. Lanton likes to crochet, line dance, play bridge and pickleball, spend time with her grandchildren, and read, read, read.