The Day My Father Became a Bush by Joke van Leeuwen

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The Day My Father Became a Bush
written and illustrated by Joke van Leeuwen
Gecko Press USA 2013
Originally published as Toen mijn vader een struik werd in Dutch by Em. Querido’s Uitgeverij B.V. in 2010
Translated by Bill Nagelkerke
ISBN: 978-1-877579-48-6
104 p
Ages: 8-12
Fiction
Subject(s): Soldiers, War and families, Children of military personnel, Children’s stories, War, Fishes, Stealing, Humorous

Toda is forced to flee her village as war escalates in her unnamed country. When her father, a pastry chef, leaves to defend his country, she is sent to live with her mother across the border. Her journey is frightening and fascinating and filled with struggles, misunderstandings, and hope. Fear never overwhelms innocent and frank Toda as she tries to make sense of the war-torn world around her. The author uses Toda’s off-beat sense of humor to point out the absurdity of war. Gentle line drawings offer comic relief and…

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