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Orani by Claire A. Nivola
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Nov 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: picture-books, nonfiction, biography
Read in November, 2011

I'm not an immigrant myself, but I think this picture-book memoir captures perfectly a child's experience visiting the Old World where her father grew up, and its smaller-scale, family-centric life. I think I teared up a little.

Just love this quote from the Author's Note:

"Orani was a complete world and just the right scale for a child. Everything happened there -- all the tragedies and joys -- but they happened in a contained place, among families and neighbors, where everyone knew and cared, so that as a child I could comprehend and feel that each part fit into life's whole. It was there that I saw where the things I ate came from -- the tree, the plant, the animal -- and how each food was made by the work of someone's hands. In Orani, I felt at the literal source of everything, and how thrilling that was!"
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