From Far Away

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Saoussan tells the story of her family fleeing war-torn Lebanon and going to live in Canada. She starts school, but not knowing English makes things difficult for her.
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Saoussan tells the story of her family fleeing war-torn Lebanon and going to live in Canada. She starts school, but not knowing English makes things difficult for her.
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PreS-Gr 1A well-intentioned but ultimately unsuccessful book. Six-year-old Askar and her family left war-torn Beirut to join her father in Canada. The child's adjustment to North American life is summed up by her being frightened by a Halloween skeleton and peeing on her teacher's lap. While this probably is what a seven-year old girl would most remember looking back at her experience, it leaves readers hungry for more. There is such a quick resolution (all is well) that youngsters never have the chance to comprehend the trauma of living in a war zone or the alienation and fear the little girl must have felt in her new environment. The watercolor illustrations are full of well-groomed multicultural people and a teacher who looks like Princess Diana. An admirable effort by the child co-author, but a rather half-baked story from Munsch.Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY
Carolyn Phelan
Saoussan, a little girl living in a war-torn city, moves to Canada with her family. At first, school is difficult: she speaks no English, she can't understand her teacher, she can't even ask to use the bathroom. At Halloween, the image of a skeleton terrifies her--is war coming here, too? Little by little, Saoussan becomes comfortable in her new school and even decides to change her name to Susan but finds her mother obstinate on that point. Written from the child's view, this autobiographical story resulted from a collaboration between Munsch and Askar, a child who left Beirut for North America at age five and later wrote to Munsch of her experience. Bright watercolor artwork illustrates this picture book, which takes on a difficult theme and communicates it effectively on a child's level. A good choice for classes discussing the immigrant experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550373974
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Series: Classic Munsch Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Limited
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Munsch is the author of more than 25 books for children including The Paper Bag Princes and Stephanie's Ponytail. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied to be a Jesuit priest before deciding to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an MA in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew, and Tyya (see them all in Something Good!).

Michael Martchenko has illustrated over 30 books for children and has exhibited his work throughout North America. He has won numerous awards for design and illustration. He lives with his wife, Patricia, in Toronto.

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