A GIFT FOR SADIA by Marie Fritz Perry


Age Range: 7 - 9
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Perry draws on experiences working with ESL students for this tale of a sad young Somali immigrant who connects with an injured Canada goose. Lonely, knowing no English, and colder in her snowy new home than she’s ever been, Sadia feels isolated at school, but develops a kinship with the grounded bird she sees outside her window. Finally, against her mother’s wishes she begins sneaking out to feed it—and later it repays the favor, in a way, by leading a V of other geese past her schoolroom window just as she’s trying to remember what letter of the alphabet follows “u.” Using wax crayons in somber colors, Perry captures Sadia’s low spirits in the pictures, so that though faces and other details are crudely drawn, children may come away from the episode sympathizing with her and happy that, by the end, she’s feeling at least a bit more at home. (Picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-9755675-1-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Buttonweed Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2005