Kids' Books We Love
Book reviews from Youth Services
Home of the Brave
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Number of Pages: 249
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Why I liked this title:
Kek has come to Minneapolis to live with his aunt and cousin. He has come from Sudan where there has been fighting for many years. His father and brother have been killed and his mother is missing. Kek has never experienced snow, or even the cold of winter. He’s never ridden on a bus or had his own desk and books at school. When Kek goes to the grocery store he cries when he thinks of how little they had at home. Life is difficult for Kek: from learning and speaking a new language to understanding the pressures and prejudices of a new country. When Kek sees a cow in a field, he stops and gets a job taking care of the cow. Cows remind him of home, where a man’s worth is determined by the number of cattle he has.
We live in a community in which our residents come from many different lands. This is a beautifully written book that will help us understand the difficulties and challenges these people face.
This title is also available on compact disc.
Reviewed by: Karen Trier on 9/6/2008
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