From Far Away by Robert MunschFrom Far Away by Robert Munsch

From Far Away

byRobert Munsch, Saoussan AskarIllustratorMichael Martchenko

Picture Books | February 1, 1995

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"Dear Reading Buddy,

My teacher suggested that I write to you.

I will tell you about myself.

My name is Saoussan. I am seven years old and I am in grade two now.

I come from far away."

Saoussan tells the true story of her family’s flight from war-ridden Lebanon. She wrote a letter to Robert Munsch, and together they made her letter into this book.

Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He moved to Guelph, Ontario, in 1975. Michael Martchenko was born in Carcassone, France. He moved to Toronto, Ontario, in 1950. Saoussan Askar was born in Lebanon during the civil war, and immigrated with her family to Toronto in 1989. From Far Away was first published when she was...
Title:From Far AwayFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:24 pages, 8.3 × 8.32 × 0.3 inShipping dimensions:8.3 × 8.32 × 0.3 inPublished:February 1, 1995Publisher:Annick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1550373978

ISBN - 13:9781550373974


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my best authors!! I loved these books as a child! Every kid needs to read these growing up!
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just a simple funny story This book has more meaning then just a read along story. Very good!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from From Far Away Attention teachers! This book is a great one for a language or social studies lesson for a variety of grade levels. Saoussan, a young girl from Beirut, Lebanon writes about her transition to the "Canadian" way of life and its effects on herself and her family. The story is a fantastic journey of migration, growth and retention of heritage. It is a meaningful piece of artwork that provides numerous opportunities for discussion with a variety of audiences; the importance of seeing life through the eyes of each child. At the end of the book the importance of tradition and heritage are stressed when Saoussan changes her name to Susan, and her mother changes it back. This incident in the story can lead to many discussions with children about the importance of cultural links to the past. As teachers we can stress that it is important to remember where you came from because it forms who you will become in the future. Curriculum Connections: Language, Social Studies- Grade 2 Traditions and Celebrations Grade 3 Pioneer Life (focus on ours and then differences) Grade 5 Canadian Government speak to the immigration process Grade 8 - Immigration
Date published: 2000-02-15

From Our Editors

Escaping with her family from war-torn Lebanon, Saoussan attends an English school where the language and customs are unfamiliar and sometimes scary, in a story about cultural acclimation and perseverance.

Editorial Reviews

“... takes on a difficult theme and communicates it effectively on a child’s level. A good choice for classes discussing the immigrant experience.” —School Library Journal