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From Far Away

by Robert Munsch & Saoussan Askar
illustrated by Rebecca Green

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middle east, emigration & immigration
list price: $11.95
published: 2017
publisher: Annick Press
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  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
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When Saoussan immigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon, she was only seven years old. This picture book tells the story of how she had to adjust to her new home in Canada. She describes the frustration of not understanding the teacher when she started school, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom, and being terrified of a Hallowe’en skeleton. This is the perfect book to help kids empathize with immigrant children whose experiences are very similar to Saoussan’s.


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Editorial Reviews

“This story remains very relevant.” 

— Gathering Books, 11/27/17

“The timing of this reissue is spot on . . .  [recommended] for all school and public libraries.” 

— Resource Links, 12/17

“[An] ultimately hopeful real-life story.” 

— Kirkus Reviews, 07/15/17

“More relevant today than ever.” 

— Best Books for Kids and Teens, Spring/18

“[A] still-relevant refugee story, especially helpful as a conversation starter.”

— School Library Journal Xpress, 10/17

“An important story to make students empathize with the challenges newcomer children face. It can also assure newcomer children that they will learn English and adjust to a new way of life.”

— CM Reviews, 12/01/17
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About the Authors

Robert Munsch

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Saoussan Askar

Saoussan Askar was born in Lebanon during the civil war, and immigrated with her family to Toronto in 1989. From Far Away was first published when she was in grade five.

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Rebecca Green

Rebecca Green is an illustrator whose work has a home in young adult and chapter books. From Far Away is her very first picture book.

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