THE AMERICAN WEI by Marion Hess Pomeranc

THE AMERICAN WEI

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Wei Fong and his parents have immigrated to America from China, and they're about to become citizens. They've passed their tests; now it's time for the ceremony where they swear allegiance to their new country. But Wei is almost as nervous about losing a wobbly tooth as he is about becoming a citizen. Just as the family approaches the federal courthouse, Wei's tooth falls out; ""He's dead!"" Mama cries, finding Wei prostrate on the pavement, searching for the tooth he's dropped. Passersby from France, Poland, Kenya, and Trinidad help him search; the tooth is located, the new friends are all sworn in, and Wei goes home with some very American hopes of a visit from the tooth fairy. Pomeranc keeps the tone light-hearted and reassuring, showing only the sunny side of coming to America--and missing some of the details found in Maggie Rugg Herold's A Very Important Day (1995).

Pub Date: March 1st, 1998
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Whitman