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
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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.From Kirkus Reviews:
Desta's father is planning a trip back home to Ethiopia, to visit his mother, who is ill. He reminisces fondly about his homeland, where purple sugar cane grows, and where, as a child, he used to walk to school barefoot. But Desta is anxious, feeling uncertain about her father's absence and whether he will return. At school, she reads about Ethiopia and begins to consider the differences between that country and hers. And it is only then that she begins to consider what it must be like for her grandmother, whom she's never met, to miss her son in the same way she'll miss her dad. When school's over, Desta peels off her shoes and walks home barefoot in the sun. That night, cuddling with her father, Desta knows he must go, but now she understands he will come back with new stories to tell. Lewis's (My Rows and Piles of Coins, 1999, etc.) lovely watercolors are filled with the little details that establish place, whether it be Desta's house, with its pictures of family, lace curtains, and modern kitchen or Ethiopia, with its mud streets, roaming cattle, and majestic scenery. Likewise they reflect both the tenderness of feelings between parent and child, and the wonder of pink flamingo feathers reflected in the blue waters of a faraway homeland. A thoughtful story of the family ties that bind, no matter how far apart. (Picture book. 6-8) -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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