THE STARS IN MY GEDDOH'S SKY by Claire Sidhom Matze


Age Range: 5 - 8
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A summertime visit from his grandfather reveals to a young boy the history of his ancestry. When Alex first meets his grandfather, or geddoh, he is anxious. However, they soon develop a close rapport as his grandfather tells him about life across the sea. Geddoh shows Alex some of the customs of his Middle Eastern culture: making a traditional noontime meal, the five daily calls to prayer. In turn Alex teaches his grandfather a bit of American culture, such as playing baseball. Alex may be distraught when the visit ends, but Geddoh promises that they can share the majesty of the evening sky even while they are far apart. “Your sky, your moon, your stars are mine, too, habibi, my dear. And as you look up . . . my thoughts will fly to you.” Farnsworth’s graceful oil illustrations are done in muted pastels, portraying the images in a soft focus. Matze’s lyrical descriptions of Geddoh’s homeland paint a vivid picture of a remote culture; within the poignant tale of a young boy’s deepening relationship with his grandfather is a powerful message of the enduring nature of a love that cannot be diminished by time or space. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-8075-5332-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Whitman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1999