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Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine by Hannah Moushabeck, illustrated by Reem Madooh

Published by Chronicle Books

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“Hannah Moushabeck has written a marvelous, utterly transporting story describing the gentle power of precious transmitted memory, and the wistfulness of immigrants, particularly those in exile from an occupied or altered place. Homeland does what decades of sad news stories have repeatedly failed to do for Palestine —humanize a beautiful people and place. I wish my father were alive so I could give him this book.” —Naomi Shihab Nye, award-winning author of Habibi and Sitti’s Secrets

Homeland brings a rich, beautiful, intimate picture of Palestine to life that is rarely seen in American media. The details are absolutely delectable, and the storytelling is playful, yet deeply moving perfection.” —Phoebe Wahl, author, and illustrator of Little Witch Hazel and The Little Blue House

“Like many picture books about immigration, Homeland creates a tapestry of both love and loss reinvented in a story by a granddaughter. This one, in particular, rings with truth while the drum’s heartbeat holds a family and its history together. —Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon, Eeny Up Above, and others

“Moushabeck skillfully immerses readers in the scents, sensations, and melodies of daily life in Palestine, mirroring the sense of belonging the girls feel for a beloved homeland they have never visited. Debut illustrator Madooh’s lively art focuses on details that capture the rich diversity of the vibrant, multilingual, and multireligious neighborhood as well as the family’s pride in their Palestinian identity: a multitude of cultural details and artifacts are displayed in their home, such as the oud (lute), tabla (drum), and kaffiyeh (square scarf). Moushabeck’s text combined with Madooh’s illustrations thoughtfully showcase dignity, joy, and resistance along with profound senses of loss and love of community.”

—Shelf Awareness, starred review