9780802723079_p0_v2_s260x420A Thirst From Home: A Story of Water Across the World
By Christine Ieronimo
Illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Published by Walker Books

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“This book can be read as one of a growing number of immigration stories. An author’s note provides context and prompts for kids to take action.” —Booklist

Description
Tears, rain, puddles: water keeps Eva Alemitu connected to Emaye, the mother she left behind in Ethiopia, as Eva adjusts to her new life in the U.S. In this hauntingly bittersweet tale, inspired partly by the author’s own life, Ieronimo imagines the heartbreak of a mother and daughter forced apart by hunger and poverty. The result is bleakly realistic, and readers will be drawn to Eva’s conflicting feelings of longing for her biological mother, and security with her adoptive family in America. Velasquez’s light-infused illustrations capture the quiet dignity of Emaye’s grief and Eva’s tentative acceptance, and perfectly complement the tender tone of the text. Perceptive readers will be too moved to be satisfied with the happy conclusion and will appreciate the story for its complexity rather than its plot.

Reviews & Accolades
“This slim, sweet story will resonate particularly with children missing a previous home.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Velasquez’s light-infused illustrations capture the quiet dignity of Emaye’s grief and Eva’s tentative acceptance, and perfectly complement the tender tone of the text . . . This book can be read as one of a growing number of immigration stories.” —Booklist

“Beautifully illustrated oil paintings bring the words to life . . . This would be a good resource to use while doing cultural studies, especially with younger students.” —Library Media Connection

“Provides an opportunity for addressing themes of poverty and resource inequity with a very young audience. The perspective is spot-on, and the presentation of Alemitu’s culture shock is realistically detailed. Velasquez’s lush full-bleed oil compositions offer photorealistic portraits of the story’s characters . . . Raises some important talking points for young listeners as well as some thoughtful reminders to appreciate easy access to food and water.” —BCCB

Groups Represented
Ethiopian

Themes
Adoption
Cultural Differences
Separation
Reunion Immigration

Setting
Ethiopia
United States

Engagement Projects
Lesson plans to be used in conjunction with this title can be found on the author’s website, here.

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