Thursday, March 10, 2011

All the Way to America by Dan Yaccarino

All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel

All the Way to America by Dan Yaccarino is a new book that celebrates family and the fact that as Americans we all come from somewhere else.   I was immediately drawn to this new book because I too  can trace my family history to Italy.   Dan Yaccarino tells his families story beautifully and in such a way that we can all identify with it.   It doesn't matter where your family comes from.   The underlying theme is that we should all learn to appreciate our past in order to understand our present and our future.   My favorite line in the book is the advice that is passed down from generation to generation:

"Work hard, but remember to enjoy life, and never forget your family"..... this is the same lesson I learned from my father....a man who worked hard his whole life but always knew how to enjoy the simple things in his life and whose family always came first.  

If anyone is near the Tenement Museum in NYC on March 14th at 6:30 pm you can see and hear a talk by Dan Yaccarino about his new book and his families immigrant history.   It is sure to be a fun and informative presentation.

Oh and this is a must have book for anyone to enjoy, no matter where they come is great conversation starter with the kids.  

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