Faraway Home

Faraway Home

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by Jane Kurtz, E. B. Lewis
     
 

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As her father prepares for a trip back to his childhood home in Ethiopia, Desta begins to worry.

Where does her father truly belong-in the village of his youth or here in America with her? What was growing up in Ethiopia like? And will her father's love for his family be enough to bridge these two worlds and bring him back to her? -A powerful portrait of a

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As her father prepares for a trip back to his childhood home in Ethiopia, Desta begins to worry.

Where does her father truly belong-in the village of his youth or here in America with her? What was growing up in Ethiopia like? And will her father's love for his family be enough to bridge these two worlds and bring him back to her? -A powerful portrait of a contemporary American immigrant family -From a Coretta Scott King Honor-winning artist -Portrays a heartwarming father-daughter relationship -Junior Library Guild Selection 81/2 X 11. Full-color illustrations

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lewis's (previously paired with Kurtz for Fire on the Mountain) luminous watercolors light up this warm tale of family ties and the tug of homelands left behind. When Desta's father receives word that his mother is ill, he determines to return to his native Ethiopia to visit her. He tells American-born Desta of Ethiopia's beauty, but she hears only the differences-dinners cooked in a firepit, a night wind that is often "cold as old bones" and that carries with it the howling of hyenas. "Your home is too wild," she tells him. Besides, she worries that he might not come back. Kurtz cuts right to the heart of a common childhood concern, giving the angst of separation a fresh twist with the exotic African destination. And in soaringly lyrical language, she paints a word picture of the Ethiopia where she herself grew up, a place where "shepherds pipe songs of longing in the hills, and thousands of flamingos flap in a pink cloud over the Great Rift Valley lakes." Lewis's brush is deft: in a series of tender character portraits he reveals the affectionate bond between Desta and her father, and he illuminates the contrast between the two cultures through his graceful landscapes. A haunting blend of the familiar and foreign. Ages 6-9. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Desta's father's home is Ethiopia. Because his mother is ill he is to journey back to his homeland. This is very strange to Desta because she was born in America and this is the only home that she has known. Her father has told her so many stories about his homeland with such love that it causes her to worry. Will he come back? Does he miss his home a lot? He has told her of the beauty of the mountains, the sound of the cowbells and the beautiful pink clouds. Desta recalls how different his childhood was from hers. He slept on the floor, walked to school barefoot and his home had no electricity. This is a beautifully told story depicting the differences between generations and cultures. 2000, Gulliver Books, Ages 6 to 9, $16.00. Reviewer: Leila Toledo

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547351353
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/06/2000
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
22 MB
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Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

JANE KURTZ lives in Portland, Oregon. She has written more than thirty fiction and nonfiction books for children, including Lanie and Lanie's Real Adventure from the American Girl Today series, Anna Was Here, and River Friendly, River Wild, a story in verse for which she received a Golden Kite award. Visit her website at  www.janekurtz.com.

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