From Far Away, by Robert Munsch and Saoussan Askar, illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Guest Review by Hannah Grant

This is a good story for children. In the book, a young girl named Saoussan tells the story of her migration to Canada. At first, she doesn’t like Canada, but when she learns some English and is able to communicate with other children and her teachers, she comes to love her new country. In a way that children can understand, she describes the difficulties faced by immigrants, such as language barriers and misunderstanding Canadian Hallowe’en decorations, and the growth she has accomplished since her first few days at school. This story is easy to read and has a good message for children to accept people who are unlike them and try to help them fit in.