Author: J.C. Elkin
First Published: 2013
Page Count: 27
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 4/5 Stars
It’s a simple book with a simple purpose that tells a deep story of immigrant America.
*Accessible to all readers *Intriguing poems
“In ESL class, where new friends can’t converse, they hold hands, beaming joy.” Immigration is a huge issue America faces. However, whether they are here legally or illegally, immigrants face huge challenges when it comes to assimilation into American life. World Class looks at the struggles of students in the author’s ESL classroom through poetry as they attempt to conquer the English language.
Poetry has never been my strong suit; however, I have let down my walls slowly as I’ve started to become exposed to it more. Thankfully, the poems in this book are easy to understand and therefore, very accessible for a reader like me. This also helps this collection of poems to appeal to a wider audience since anyone could pick it up and start reading. The poems are very interesting. In just a few words the author illustrates the hardships her students face (everything from abuse to poverty) and leaves you wanting to learn more about each student’s story. It really is incredible how much can be said in just a few lines, and Elkin manages to sum up the difficulties immigrants face learning English in just twenty-seven pages!
Even while I applaud the author for illustrating such a huge issue in so few pages that was also the problem I had with the book. It was too short! I wanted more poems and more examples of the students she taught. Maybe later on, a new edition can be published with some more poems? At the page count that it’s at, it would be hard to convince me (maybe because poems aren’t my thing) to pay less than a dollar for this book.
I think this book is definitely worth reading. It comes at the issue of second language learning from a different angle and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed poetry! However, it’s a bit short. You’ll have to make the call on whether it’s worth it for you to check out, but at least you know the content is worthwhile!
*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.