School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 1-4 Avraham is a black-skinned Jewish boy who has recently emigrated from Ethiopia to Israel. After thousands of years of persecution, his people look forward to acceptance in the homeland of which they have dreamed. At first, Avraham finds it difficult to fit inhis customs are different, and he angers those who attempt to befriend him with a series of misunderstandings. Then he invites some of the boys to his home, where they are introduced to the culture of Ethiopian Jewry first - hand. Avraham and his friends then truly understand their teacher's storyabout how each flower in a garden is different, but together they all make the garden beautiful. Told in a sensitive manner, this is a story with great dignity. The customs of the Ethiopian Jews are presented within the context of the story; it is fascinating to read about the differences of a minority within a minority. Black-and-white line drawings with charcoal shading effectively convey the warmth and eloquence of the story. Although this is set in contemporary Israel, the universal theme of brotherhood is accomplished so successfully that this book may be used in many situations. Micki S. Nevett, Temple Beth Emeth Library, Albany, N.Y.
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