All posts filed under: Family

Over Here it’s Different

Carolina and her family came from the Dominican Republic. She talks about what she left behind and what her life is like in New York. Veteran photographer George Ancona, son of immigrants, brings both heart and expertise to the winning photographs.

Mom’s Best Friend

When Sally Hobart Alexander loses Marit, her first dog guide, the entire family mourns. But for the author, this death means more than heartache–it means curtailed mobility. Fiercely independent, Sally Alexander finds “going sighted guide” or walking with a cane inadequate. She decides to return to The Seeing Eye, where she obtained Marit twelve years before, for another dog guide.

Pioneer Settlers of New France

For Jean François Lelange and Pierre André, the summer of 1744 is one they will long remember. As Jean waits for his uncle’s merchant ships to return with much-needed supplies, Pierre worries that his father, a fishing proprietor, has no food to give his hungry fishermen. Has France really gone to war against the British, as rumored?

Mom Can’t See Me

This is Sally Hobart Alexander’s own story as told by of her nine-year-old daughter. When she was in her twenties, a rare disease caused the author’s vision to diminish gradually over two years until it was gone. As Leslie Alexander says of her mother, “Mostly she’s like other mothers.” But she’s different not because she is blind, but because she camps out, plays the piano, tap dances, rides her bike and because she laughs a lot, especially at herself. 

The American Family Farm

In the fall of 1986, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that an American farm was going out of business every six minutes. Not long after, photographer George Ancona and writer Joan Anderson set out to document this important American institution. Two years of telephone calls, research, and travel led them to focus on three very different farm families: the MacMillans, in Massachusetts, who specialize in dairy farming; the Adamses, in Georgia, who raise chickens and have created a farm cooperative; and the Rosmanns, in Iowa, who have an organic hog and grain operation.

Spanish Pioneers of the Southwest

El Rancho de Las Golondrinas is a settlement that served as a fort and an inn on the Camino Real during the seventeenth century in what is now Santa Fe, New Mexico. Interpreters dress and act the part of the early colonists. We see the families work the fields, the visiting monks who sustain the faith of the settlers.

Finding a Way: Living with Exceptional Brothers and Sisters

Most of the time, it’s fun to be a brother or sister to someone you can talk to, play with, and dream with. But when disagreements happen or problems come up, having a brother or sister isn’t so easy. Being the brother or sister of a child with special requirements can sometimes make things even harder.

A Williamsburg Household

Life in an eighteenth century home in Williamsburg, Virginia as seen through the eyes of a slave family. We experience daily chores, work and caring that the slaves are responsible for.

Living in Two Worlds

Toah’s father is black, Shashi and Anil’s father is Asian Indian, Jesse’s mother is Chinese, and Megan’s father is himself biracial—a mixture of Cherokee and black. Each child’s other parents is white. ust under 2 percent of all children born in the United States are of mixed racial and ethnic heritage. Like all children, biracial children combine their parents’ differing physical features. But biracial children grow up with an everyday awareness that they are living in two worlds—since each is from two cultural backgrounds.

Making a New Home in America

Leaving the country of one’s birth to live in another is never easy. Saying good-bye to old friends and familiar customs is difficult, even though the reasons for leaving may be as compelling as a war-torn homeland or a government that does not allow its people to practice the religion of their choice or to talk freely about ideas.

Pioneer Children of Appalachia

About 1800, Americans moving westward settled in the hills and hollers of “northwestern Virginny,” an area in what we now call Appalachia. In those days before supermarkets, factories, and cars, work was endless, and all family members–children as well as their grandparents–were important for survival.