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WHEN I LEFT MY VILLAGE by Maxine Rose Schur


by Maxine Rose Schur & illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-8037-1561-7
Publisher: Dial

 From the team behind Day of Delight (1994), a fictionalized account of the 198491 Falasha exodus from Ethiopia to Israel, narrated in an elevated, almost epic style by 12-year-old Menelik. His father--caught between famine and oppression--decides to leave Ethiopia. Menelik describes their adventures in the mountains and deserts, their passage to Sudan, their flight to Israel, and the modern wonders found there. The narrative is both dramatic and lyrical; evocative images fill the book: ``We ate sunset-colored yogurt. And we drank tea made from tiny paper tents dipped in hot water.'' With great artistry, Schur weaves disparate strands of the story--history, adventure, family drama, etc.--into a polished narrative. The subjects of Pickney's scratchboard illustrations--mainly people-- are vividly delineated by fine white curves and hatch marks on the black background. The effect is quite striking: The pictures look like negatives of etchings. A handsome work. (Picture book. 6-10)