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Drake English prof discusses new book on young immigrants' journeys to Iowa

February 28, 2011
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Children who become U.S. citizens in Iowa this year will each receive a copy of "Zakery's Bridge."

Co-authors Carol Spaulding-Kruse, associate professor of English at Drake University, and Kay Smith discussed their new book, "Zakery's Bridge: Children's Journeys From Around the World to Iowa," on Iowa Public Radio's "Talk of Iowa" program today (Monday, Feb. 28).

"Zakery's Bridge" features nine young storytellers describing their lives
in their home countries, explaining how and why they came to American
and what it has been like to settle in Iowa.

On its release date in
January, the book was the backdrop for the naturalization ceremony for 92 children at the State Historical Museum of Iowa.
Each of the children who became U.S. citizens received a free copy of the book, courtesy of Bankers Trust. Other children who become U.S. citizens in Iowa this year also will receive complimentary copies of the book.

Today's interview aired on WOI AM 640. A podcast of the program can be downloaded from the Iowa Public Radio website.