Specs* Ages: 4-8* Grade Level: PS-3* Hardcover: 40 pages* Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group* Pub. Date: Sept. 1, 2021* Language: English
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Evie is curious to meet her new neighbours. They are a refuge family who immigrated to America and have moved into her neighbourhood. She quickly discovers that not all of the community is happy that they are there. Accepting neighbours reach out and offer the family furniture and other necessities that they will need to set up their home. Evie and her family happily donate coats and curtains while books, a quilt, drawing paper and crayons, and a soccer ball magically appear just to name a few. Everyone pitches in and provides a lovely pot-luck dinner for the family so they can spend time together and get to know them more. Beautiful!
Evie is especially sympathetic and hospitable. Her compassionate heart offers their little boy, Bimi, her teddy bear so he will feel comforted in this new strange country. Through her act of kindness towards Bimi she gains a new friend.
The illustrations are lovely and enrich the bittersweet story. This is a wonderful book to share not only at home but in classrooms as well. The book will spark conversations of empathy and inclusiveness. I highly recommend this book.
Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!
Meet the Author
Jane Beskin Zalben, an author, artist and abstract painter, was born in New York City went to the High School of Music & Art in Harlem, graduated Queens College, and went on to study printmaking at the Pratt Graphics Center in Manhattan. She has created more than 50 award-winning books for children. Her work has been exhibited in libraries, galleries, and museums. Her studio is on Long Island, New York.
About the Illustrator
Yevgenia Nayberg is an illustrator, painter, and set and costume designs. She received a Sydney Taylor Silver Medal for her illustrations for Drop by Drop. She lives in New York.
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