A Picnic in October


A Picnic in October
by Eve Bunting

Each October, Tony and his family visit the Statue of Liberty for a picnic. Tony thinks this is silly -- it's too cold and windy, plus he just doesn't understand why his Italian-American grandparents love the Statue of Liberty so much.

Then, Tony watches as a family of new Americans visit the statue, and he starts to understand exactly what this symbol of freedom means and how she can evoke feelings of joy and gratitude from immigrants of all ages. 

"Bunting warmly captures the lasting emotional impact that the first sighting of the statue can have on hopeful new arrivals . . . Excellent." (School Library Journal)


Reading Levels

Interest Level:  K-Gr. 3              DRA Level: 38                 Lexile Measure: 310L
Grade Level Equiv:  3.8           Guided Reading: P


See Inside This Book

Below are sample pages from inside this book.  We like this book, but truthfully find a few of their faces a bit strange (ie: look at the expressions in the first sample page below.  Huh.)



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