From Far Away (Revised and newly illustrated) Share this with a friend

by Robert Munsch and Saoussan Askar
illustrated by Rebecca Green

Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

The heartwarming story about an immigrant child adjusting to her new school.

Although first published in 1995, From Far Away is more relevant today than it has ever been. This story is based on the real-life experience of Saoussan Askar, who emigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon when she was seven years old. While still in elementary school, Saoussan wrote to bestselling author Robert Munsch about her situation. Together, they turned her story into a book. This updated edition, with revised text including a note from Saoussan today and fresh, new illustrations, belongs in every classroom. Young children who themselves have arrived as immigrants will readily relate to Saoussan’s frustrations of not understanding the teacher, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom, and being terrified of a prop skeleton. From Far Away will also help sensitize other children to the difficulties experienced by their immigrant classmates.


“Every classroom and school library [should] have a copy to share and discuss.”
—Storywraps, 09/04/17

“[An] ultimately hopeful real-life story.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 07/15/17

“[A] still-relevant refugee story, especially helpful as a conversation starter.”
—School Library Journal Xpress, 10/17

“An important story to make students empathize with the challenges newcomer children face. It can also assure newcomer children that they will learn English and adjust to a new way of life.”
—Canadian Review of Materials, 12/01/17

“The timing of this reissue is spot on . . . [recommended] for all school and public libraries.”
—Resource Links, 12/17

“Gives a personal look at immigration and humanizes a sometimes abstract concept.”
—I Heart Literacy, 10/18/17

“More relevant today than ever.”
—Best Books for Kids and Teens, Spring/18

“A good book to read younger children who may have immigrant classmates.”
—Brain Shrapnel, 08/12/17

“Enjoyable and meaningful.”
—Jason Stanley, 08/11/12

“This story remains very relevant.”
—Gathering Books, 11/27/17

“The heart of the story . . . is wonderful, the illustrations lively and engaging.”
—Notes from an Islamic School Librarian, 06/17/19


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