The Day My Father Became a Bush by Joke Van LeeuwenThe Day My Father Became a Bush by Joke Van Leeuwen

The Day My Father Became a Bush

byJoke Van Leeuwen

Hardcover | March 1, 2014

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A clear-eyed, funny, and off-beat novel about a girl making sense of a baffling world. Toda's father has gone away to fight in the war. Luckily, he's read about camouflage and will be able to hide from the enemy by disguising himself as a bush. Toda is sent to stay with her mother where it'll be safer. Her journey across the border is full of danger and adventure, but she doesn't give up. She has to find her mother.

Joke van Leeuwen studied history at the University of Brussels, performs in cabaret and theatre shows, writes stories and poems for children-which she illustrates herself-and writes prose and poetry for adults. She has received innumerable awards, including the prestigious Theo Thijssen Prize, the triennial Dutch State Prize for youth ...
Title:The Day My Father Became a BushFormat:HardcoverDimensions:104 pages, 8.25 × 5.63 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 2014Publisher:Gecko PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1877579483

ISBN - 13:9781877579486

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"Toda lives in an unspecified country in which the northern and southern sections are at war. Her father has left his job as a pastry chef to serve as a soldier. He explains to her that he will 'disguise himself as a bush' to hide from the enemy. The child is left with her grandmother until the area becomes too dangerous and she is sent to live with her mother across the border. As Toda undertakes the precarious journey to safety, she encounters people and situations she describes from her innocent, childlike perspective. When she finally arrives beyond the border, she is questioned by a man asking, 'How did you get across the border?' 'I don't know,' answers Toda, 'because I didn't see where it was.' The contrast between the adults and Toda's innocence adds humor to the story line and points out the absurdity of war and its processes in general. The black-and-white drawings interspersed throughout further emphasize the droll humor. This would be a useful supplement to foster understanding of the refugee experience. It also makes a simple yet strong statement advocating peace and could precipitate discussions on many relevant issues in today's world. Suggest this one to readers who have shown interest in John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Random, 2006)." -School Library Journal