This one-of-a-kind picture book provides a beautifully simple introduction to the concept of family ancestry. It uses two stories in one to explore a small boy’s family tree: the boy tells the family story of his father’s side starting from the front of the book, and that of his mother’s side starting from the back of the book.
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Although Zana, an eleven-year-old Albanian girl, experiences the turmoil and violence of the 1999 conflict in her native Kosovo, she remembers her father’s admonition to not let her heart become filled with hate.
When Drita and her family, refugees from Kosovo, move to New York, Drita is teased about not speaking English well but eventually forms a friendship with Maxie, who is forced to learn about Kosovo as a punishment for teasing Drita.