May 2014

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What's Trending 9 Inter Alia 9 Get Connected 9 Member Advantage 9 Contact Us u reader's corner u What's Happening sponsor: about us: Practice Pointers 9 Lifestyle CMB REGIONAL CENTERS cmb regional centers by Teresa A. Statler M y Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me is a delightful and colorful book for children between the ages of 4 and 7 wrien by Hollywood star Julianne Moore and beautifully illustrated by Meilo So, a "foreign mom" herself. e focus is on the foreign moms, their kids, and their different skin colors and ethnicities. Some of the artwork is a bit stereotypical: the reader sees an Asian mom with a China-doll haircut with her light- skinned, blue-eyed daughter and an African-looking mom wearing kente clothing and large earrings being embraced by a boy of the same color. ere is an Indian mom, and one wearing a Scandinavian-style sweater. All the children appear happy and are clearly receiving love and affection from their mothers—whether their skin colors are the same as their moms', or different. Along with the brightly colored illustrations of moms and kids, Moore gives us a sweetly rhyming text. She starts out by telling us that "My Mom is a foreigner, she's from another place. She came when she was ten years old, with only one suitcase." Cheerful, interior home scenes with obviously "foreign" art, such as cuckoo clocks, German-language wall hangings, and kimonos hanging in a closet, are meant to show children that "foreign" is not really exotic. In a scene with an Italian mom and grandmother making pasta with a machine, the narrator tells us, "We eat funny kinds of foods sometimes. I love it. It tastes gross. My Grandma made it, she taught my Mom. I put it on my toast." e admiring child in this illustration also is viewing some interesting-looking foods, such as squid, eggplant, and a plate of cheeses. e book tells children that foreign moms and their kids may celebrate different holidays. e centerpiece of the book contains a colorful quiz, asking readers to match a holiday drawing with its corresponding "festival." ese include Day of the Dead, St. Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, and the Chinese New Year. Young readers (and their parents) are sure to relate to this heartwarming book, full of children of all colors and ethnicities doing things with their prey "foreign Moms" that other children and mothers do. e book ends on a happy note: "She might seem kind of different, and you'd be right I guess, but compared to other Moms, I know that she's the best." TERESA A. STATLER practices family-based immigration law, asylum, and removal defense in Portland, OR. My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me Chronicle Books LLC, 2013 40 pages BOOK What's Happening! The Badmus Law Firm has merged with the Dallas law firm, Cowles & Thompson. ANN MASSEY BADMUS is now shareholder and head of its newly formed immigration practice section. ANGELA M. LOPEZ has joined the firm as shareholder, and KATRINA M. MOORE and THU NGUYEN as associates. All are Texas Chapter members. Central Florida Chapter member ELIZABETH M. RICCI is writing a column called "American by Choice," in Tallahasee Reports, in which she interviews local immigrants about their contributions to the community. Her first profile was published in March 2014. Review: Drawing a Line in the Sand BACKTRACK 22

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