A father and his daughters may not be able to return home . . . but they can celebrate stories of their homeland!
As bedtime approaches, three young girls eagerly await the return of their father who tells them stories of a faraway homeland-Palestine. Through their father’s memories, the Old City of Jerusalem comes to life: the sounds of street vendors beating rhythms with brass coffee cups, the smell of argileh drifting through windows, and the sight of doves flapping their wings toward home. These daughters of the diaspora feel love for a place they have never been, a place they cannot go. But, astheir father’s story comes to an end, they know that through his memories they will always return.
A Palestinian family celebrates the stories of their homeland in this moving autobiographical picture book debut by Hannah Moushabeck. With heartfelt illustrations by Reem Madooh, this story is a love letter to home, to family, and to the persisting hope of people that transcends borders.
UNIVERSAL MESSAGE: There are so many people who long to return to their homelands but are unable to. This story will resonate with immigrant families and refugees of all ethnicities and origins, as well as anyone who yearns for home.
UNDERREPRESENTED NARRATIVE: There are nearly 4 million Arab Americans living in the United States,
but still very few picture books that address the Arab experience.
INTERGENERATIONAL ENGAGEMENT: This sweet father-daughter story celebrates the bedtime ritual of storytelling, promoting intergenerational sharing and modeling learning about family trees and family histories. A perfect read-aloud for Father’s Day!
• Anyone looking for books about Palestine or with Palestinian narratives
• Readers seeking kids’ culture books, immigrant or refugee stories, or diverse picture books
• Father’s Day gift giving to dads, grandparents, uncles, and friends with a heartfelt connection to their homelands
• Readers with a passion for memoirs and stories that illustrate the immigrant experience