Faraway Home

by Jane Kurtz, Anne Davies, and E.B. Lewis

Desta is sad when her father tells her he has to go home to Ethiopia to visit her... read more

Desta is sad when her father tells her he has to go home to Ethiopia to visit her grandmother, who is ill. “Ethiopia is so far away . . . I don’t want you to go,” she says. Her father shares his memories of his homeland and childhood with Desta to help her understand where he is going and why. “Now my emayay is very sick. It is time for me to go home and be with her for a while.” Desta is still reluctant for him to leave until she has the chance to consider everything her father has left behind. “I think you miss your home a lot . . . and you emayay misses you a lot,” she tells him. Jane Kurtz’s storytelling features rich, poetic descriptions of the father’s Ethiopian homeland and the warm, affectionate relationship that father and daughter share. The expressive faces in E.B. Lewis’s watercolor paintings echo that affection. (Ages 5-8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2001

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