Their Great Gift

By John Coy

Thought-provoking photographs and simple text present a multidimensional look at the experience of being the child of immigrants to the United States.

Simple text and thought-provoking photographs offer an utterly distinctive look at immigration to the United States thorough the eyes of children from many different backgrounds.

  • Wing Young Huie, a Duluth native, is the child of Chinese immigrants and has been photographing immigrants for many years.
  • The immigrant experience isn't well covered in picture books-particularly recent immigrants.
  • Huie's photographs have been featured in a number of books for adults.

About the author

John Coy is an award-winning author, who worked as a dishwasher, mattress maker, group home worker, and tour guide before taking up writing. He's active in sports and is a member of the NBA Reading All-Star Team as part of the Read to Achieve program. John has traveled to all fifty states, as well as to many countries internationally. His work includes Night Driving, a Marion Vannett Ridgway Memorial Award winner and a Horn Book Fanfare title; Strong to the Hoop, an American Library Association Notable Book; Two Old Potatoes and Me, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, a Nickelodeon Jr.'s Best Books of the Year, and a featured book on Reading Rainbow; and Vroomaloom Zoom, a book of excellence on the Children's Literature Choice List. His newest picture book Around the World is about international basketball, and his YA novels include Crackback set in the high stakes world of high school football and Box Out about boys' basketball, girls' basketball, and taking a stand. John lives in Minneapolis and visits schools nationally and internationally. Visit him online at

About the illustrator

Wing Young Huie has been photographing the dizzying socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society, much of it centered on the urban cores of his home state of Minnesota. Although his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, his most well-known projects are large-scale public installations, including Frogtown (1995), Lake Street USA (2000) and The University Avenue Project (2010), which transformed major Twin Cities’ thoroughfares into epic photo galleries, reflecting the everyday lives of thousands of its citizens in the midst of some of the most diverse concentrations of international immigrants in the country.

ISBN: 9781467780544
Imprint: Carolrhoda Books – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: May 1, 2016
Dimensions: 248 x 248mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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