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Ashok by any other name

Yamate, Sandra S.; Tohinaka, Janice (illustrator)

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ISBN 10: 1879965011 / ISBN 13: 9781879965010
Published by Polychrome, Chicago, Ill, 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Quarto in yellow boards with illustration in yellow jacket with same illustration; color illus.; 1 volume (unpaged); 26 cm. In English. Includes clippings related to book. || Abstract: "An East Indian boy encounters frustration in school when he is told that his name, Ashok, is difficult to pronounce. He is not satisfied with his father's explanation of the name and proceeds to adopt another so that he will, hopefully, be more comfortable in the class. Each change of name only receives laughter and Ashok begins to sulk. The school librarian offers help and explains that his own grandfather was forced to give up his original name when he was sold into slavery. Ashok eventually realizes that he is fortunate in having such an unusual name and takes pride in it." Fine copy in near fine(+) jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 86136

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Title: Ashok by any other name

Publisher: Polychrome, Chicago, Ill

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

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Ashok is an Indian American boy who wishes he had a more "American" name. In a series of mishaps, he searches for the perfect name for himself. A story for every immigrant or child of immigrants who struggles to be an American. 36 pages, hardbound with paper jacket; full color illustrations and a brief history of King Asoka.

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This story is one of the rare stories about a child of Indian ancestry living in the United States. It explores a phenomenon common for children of immigrant parents. Often given a name common in their culture, the child discovers that to his American peers, the name is strange and contributes to feeling of isolation and alienation, undermining the child's self-esteem. People around the country have thanked us for addressing this topic in a story with which they could readily identify.

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