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“The story thrums with the sadness of places left behind and the danger that forces people to leave….The vivid illustrations demarcate the past and present by contrasting the bright blue skies and rolling green plains of Ali’s new home with the rustic terracotta hues of his homeland. A sweetly sentimental story that places people at the heart of a home.”
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If You See a Bluebird

Written by Bahram Rahman
Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
Published by Pajama Press Inc.

For young Ali, a former refugee from Afghanistan, “home” is where his family is together.

Although his family is safe in their new country, Ali finds himself wishing he could go back to Afghanistan. A day spent picking blackberries with Nana reminds him of their old house with the mulberry tree he loved, and the day the soldiers came. He recalls their nighttime flight and the crowded buses and airplane that took him to this beautiful but unfamiliar place. When Ali and Nana spot a bluebird, she tells him to make a wish. Ali wishes to go home, but, as he comes to learn, home is not a place. Home is the love his family has for each other.

A story of family togetherness that redefines the meaning of home.

Primary ISBN: 9781772782844
Publication Date: October 2023
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 05 or older

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Setting: Canada

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Refugee

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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