Thursday, October 05, 2006
Although not specific to Ethiopia, this is a beautiful story that we found at the library while looking for apple-themed books to prepare for our apple-picking trip tomorrow.
The story One Green Apple, by Eve Bunting, details the class trip to an apple orchard for a group of grade school students. Farah, the main character, is new to the class and to America as well. She shares her thoughts and feelings about being different, feeling alone and fitting in--in a land so different from her own.
The illustrations, by Ted Lewin, are beautiful and convey the emotions felt by the characters. I would definitely recommend it as a wonderful read-aloud for younger children, particularly those who may have felt (and who among us hasn't?) like they didn't fit in with a group.
Another excellent review can be read here.