Lit­tle Amer­i­can Man: A Memoir

Lior Lam­pert
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By – June 21, 2016

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.

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