Saoussan Askar was in fifth grade when From Far Away was published. It started with a letter she wrote as a second grader to author Robert Munsch. Numerous letters back and forth eventually turned into a book.
“To Robert Munsch,
I am a little girl. My name is Saoussan. I am seven years old. I am in grade two now. I came to Canada one and half year ago. I didn’t know how to speak English at all. I was just sitting and listening. A lot of funny things happened to me.”
From Far Away is a meaningful and moving account of a war-scarred immigrant adjusting to the newness of life in another country and culture. A beautiful, timely story that speaks about empathy and welcoming newcomers. Written by Robert Munsch (@munschrobert) and Saoussan Askar, with art by Rebecca Green (@rebeccagreenillustration). Published by Annick Press (@annick_press).
We’re giving away a copy of From Far Away. This giveaway is open to US residents and ends Thursday, November 30, at 11:59 PM PDT. Click over to this Instagram post to enter.