When Saoussan immigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon, she was only seven years old. This picture book tells the story of how she had to adjust to her new home in Canada. She describes the frustration of not understanding the teacher when she started school, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom, and being terrified of a Halloween skeleton. This is the perfect book to help kids empathize with immigrant children whose experiences are very similar to Saoussan’s.We have here a vitally important picture book, sharing the message of inclusivity and belonging, combined with art and color pallets that are undeniable in their beauty. Count me in!
Though it’s a relatively quick read, From Far Away leaves an everlasting impression. One section in particular that had me gripped was about Saoussan’s fear of the skeletons hanging up in school for Halloween. I couldn’t stop spinning it over and over in my head.
Plus, the whole book is just very well curated, where everything, from the art to the accompanying text, flows together wonderfully.
And as always, here are some of my favorite illustrations:
ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Expected publication: August 8th, 2017