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From Far Away

From Far Away

Interest Age: 5–8
Grade: k–3
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RF.3.3,3b,3c,3d,4,4a,4c

Reading Level: Lexile 560L
Hardcover : 9781554519408, 32 pages, August 2017 , 9.0" x 9.0"
Paperback : 9781554519392, 32 pages, August 2017 , 9.0" x 9.0"
Hardcover (Picture book) : 9781550373974, 24 pages, February 1995 , 8.30" x 8.32"
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781550373967, 24 pages, February 1995 , 7.97" x 8.00"
Rights sold: simplified Chinese



When Saoussan immigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon, she was only seven years old. This picture book tells the story of how she had to adjust to her new home in Canada. She describes the frustration of not understanding the teacher when she started school, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom, and being terrified of a Hallowe’en skeleton. This is the perfect book to help kids empathize with immigrant children whose experiences are very similar to Saoussan’s.



  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2018


“[An] ultimately hopeful real-life story.” 

- Kirkus Reviews, 07/15/17

“[A] still-relevant refugee story, especially helpful as a conversation starter.”

- School Library Journal Xpress, 10/17

“This story remains very relevant.” 

- Gathering Books, 11/27/17

“An important story to make students empathize with the challenges newcomer children face. It can also assure newcomer children that they will learn English and adjust to a new way of life.”

- CM Reviews, 12/01/17

“The timing of this reissue is spot on . . .  [recommended] for all school and public libraries.” 

- Resource Links, 12/17

“More relevant today than ever.” 

- Best Books for Kids and Teens, Spring/18

“FROM FAR AWAY talks beautifully about experiences of immigration from a child’s perspective. This would be a great book to add to a language arts program or simply use to educate students about immigration and life in a new language. FROM FAR AWAY can be embedded throughout the curriculum, specifically focusing on equity, citizenship and social justice.”

- Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)