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Elyssa Nicole Trust
Daisy Moves to America

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

When Daisy Mae and her family move from England to America, Daisy is teased because of her British accent. Overwhelmed by the many words and phrases that are different, Daisy wants to speak just like her American classmates. Follow Daisy’s journey as she learns that her uniqueness is something to honor and celebrate. You may even learn a few new words along the way.
Trust’s touching tale of transformation -- and perceptive acknowledgment of cultural differences -- begins with Daisy Mae, a vibrant youngster born in the United Kingdom, and her semi-daunting move to the U.S.A. for her mum’s work. Alvin Adhi’s lively polychromatic illustrations kick off the story with a showcase of London landmarks, including the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, that are sure to spark conversation and learning opportunities for young readers. Though Daisy Mae starts out eager and curious to experience her new life in America, she quickly realizes that being the new kid is overwhelming – especially with her British accent and vocabulary.

Trust, a playwright and voiceover artist, eases younger readers through the world of bullying and stereotyping in this debut, bringing home the emotional impact of being teased while smoothly pointing out cultural nuances that many children may be unaware of (“So many words here are brand new./ The way the words are spelled is too”). The rhyming text takes pleasure in Daisy Mae’s decidedly British words—candy floss in place of cotton candy, telly instead of TV—and invites readers to the fun of new experiences while encouraging cultural awareness. In the end the phrases that trip up Daisy Mae with her new friends become a teaching opportunity, with Trust’s glossary of American versus English terms.

Adhi’s visual representations of multi-ethnic schoolkids strike the right mix of natural and buoyant to transport readers into Daisy Mae’s world and illuminate her perspective. Parents will feel the pull of lost innocence when Daisy Mae works to Americanize her speech and will applaud her father’s corresponding wisdom – “Be proud of who you are,/ and share your travels from afar./ And though you’re from a different place,/ we’re all alike in any case.” Trust and Adhi have crafted a meaningful portrayal of cultural diversity as a reason for confidence and celebration.

Takeaway: A moving and fun introduction to cultural nuances for readers of all ages.

Great for fans of: Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw’s Same, Same but Different, Yangsook Choi’s The Name Jar.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A+
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A