Written by Christine Ieronimo
Illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Published by Walker & Company
Tears, rain, puddles: water keeps Eva Alemitu connected to Emaye, the mother she left behind in Ethiopia, as Eva adjusts to her new life in the U.S. In this hauntingly bittersweet tale, inspired partly by the author’s own life, Ieronimo imagines the heartbreak of a mother and daughter forced apart by hunger and poverty. The result is bleakly realistic, and readers will be drawn to Eva’s conflicting feelings of longing for her biological mother, and security with her adoptive family in America. Velasquez’s light-infused illustrations capture the quiet dignity of Emaye’s grief and Eva’s tentative acceptance, and perfectly complement the tender tone of the text. Perceptive readers will be too moved to be satisfied with the happy conclusion and will appreciate the story for its complexity rather than its plot.
Primary ISBN: 9780802723079
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 08 or older
Community Represented: Ethiopian/Ethiopian American
Setting: Ethiopia, United States
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant
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