Saoussan Askar was in fifth grade when From Far Away was published. It started with a letter she wrote as a second grader to author Robert Munsch. Numerous letters back and forth eventually turned into a book.
“To Robert Munsch,
I am a little girl. My name is Saoussan. I am seven years old. I am in grade two now. I came to Canada one and half year ago. I didn’t know how to speak English at all. I was just sitting and listening. A lot of funny things happened to me.”
From Far Away is a meaningful and moving account of a war-scarred immigrant adjusting to the newness of life in another country and culture. A beautiful, timely story that speaks about empathy and welcoming newcomers. This version is revised and newly illustrated by Robert Munsch and Saoussan Askar, with art by Rebecca Green. Published by Annick Press.
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