Reviews for Welcome to America, Champ
Booklist Reviews 2013 April #2
The luxurious Queen Mary ocean liner once sailed with diapers drying on clotheslines suspended over the ship's emptied swimming pool. Why? This was part of an unusual cargo transported by luxury liners in 1946: tens of thousands of "soldier brides" and their children who immigrated at the end of WWII to reunite with the U.S. servicemen they had married overseas. This entry into the Tales of the World series shines a vivid light on war's upheavals by focusing on fictional Thomas, a nine-year-old boy who faces leaving home, friends, grandparents, and his beloved cricket for the U.S., a new father, a new school, and the strange sport of baseball. A wedding cake made by friends' saving up sugar and powdered eggs for weeks and a view from the train into London of the Blitz's devastation bring home war's everyday hardship and trauma. At the same time, Thomas is moving into a hopeful future. Heartfelt watercolor illustrations bring to life the anxiety and tentative joys of this unique historical situation. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
After WWII ends, Thomas travels aboard the Queen Mary with his mum and baby brother to be reunited with his American stepfather in New York. Thomas's story highlights the experiences of "war brides" who immigrated to America to join their soldier husbands. Softly realistic illustrations capture the characters' range of emotions in this different kind of war story. An author s note is appended.