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A Thirst for Home

Title

A Thirst for Home

Illustrator

Eric Velasquez

Publisher

Books for Young Readers

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9780802723079

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Alemitu lives with her mother in a poor village in Ethiopia, where she must walk miles for water and hunger roars in her belly. Even though life is difficult, she dreams of someday knowing more about the world. When her mother has no choice but to leave her at an orphanage to give her a chance at a better life, an American family adopts Alemitu.

Grade Level

K-3

Lexile Measure

610L

Topic

Family Relationships; Adoption; Interracial; Poverty; international adoption; adoptive parents; adopted child; interracial adoption; impoverished family

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

Ethiopian / White

Family Formation

adoptive mother and father

Awards

Core Collection: Picture-Book Refugee and Immigration Stories, 2017
Guide Book to Gift Books, 2016 Picture Books
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2015 Biography

Keywords

Ethiopia; water supply; sacrifices; remembering your homeland; quality of life; new home

Diversity Impact

direct

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