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Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine (Hardcover)

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By Hannah Moushabeck, Reem Madooh (Illustrator)
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Homeland is a moving story about three sisters who learn about the birthplace of their father’s family.  At bedtime their father tells them stories of visiting his grandparents in the Old City of Jerusalem in Palestine. He and his grandfather stroll through the streets and greet the many vendors and shop owners. Colorful artwork depicts the variety of wares for sale, including olive oil soap with rose water, za’atar, and embroidered textiles. They visit the very busy family café and lend a helping hand. As the three sisters become sleepy, they ask to see the key to the family’s home. And as they turn off the light they hope for return to their homeland. One of the first picture books to tell the story of Palestinian refugees and beautifully illustrated with a glossary. The author’s note describes the forced removal of her father’s extended family in May 1948. This book is an important addition to children’s literature.

— From Joan's Picks


A father and his daughters may not be able to return home . . . but they can celebrate stories of their homeland!

As bedtime approaches, three young girls eagerly await the return of their father who tells them stories of a faraway homeland—Palestine. Through their father's memories, the Old City of Jerusalem comes to life: the sounds of juice vendors beating rhythms with brass cups, the smell of argileh drifting through windows, and the sight of doves flapping their wings toward home. These daughters of the diaspora feel love for a place they have never been, a home they cannot visit. But, as their father’s story comes to an end, they know that through his memories, they will always return.
A Palestinian family celebrates the stories of their homeland in this moving autobiographical picture book debut by Hannah Moushabeck. With heartfelt illustrations by Reem Madooh, this story is a love letter to home, to family, and to the persisting hope of people that transcends borders.

UNIVERSAL MESSAGE: There are so many people who long to return to their homelands but are unable to. This story will resonate with immigrant families and refugees of all ethnicities and origins, as well as anyone who yearns for home. 

INTERGENERATIONAL STORIES: This sweet father-daughter story celebrates the bedtime ritual of storytelling, promoting intergenerational sharing and modeling learning about family trees and family histories. A perfect read-aloud for Father's Day!

"Hannah Moushabeck has written a marvelous, utterly transporting story describing the gentle power of precious transmitted memory and the wistfulness of immigrants, particularly those in exile from an occupied or altered place. Homeland does what decades of sad news stories have repeatedly failed to do for Palestine—humanize a beautiful people and place. I wish my father were alive so I could give him this book."—Naomi Shihab Nye, award-winning author of Habibi and Sitti's Secrets

"Like many picture books about immigration, Homeland creates a tapestry of both love and loss reinvented in a story by a granddaughter. This one, in particular, rings with truth while the drum's heartbeat holds a family and its history together."—Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon, Eeny Up Above, and others

Homeland brings a rich, beautiful, intimate picture of Palestine to life that is rarely seen in American media. The details are absolutely delectable, and the storytelling is playful, yet deeply moving perfection.” —Phoebe Wahl, author, and illustrator of Little Witch Hazel 

Perfect for:
  • Anyone looking for Palestinian or Arab books for kids
  • Readers seeking immigrant or refugee stories or diverse picture books
  • Father's Day gift giving to dads, grandparents, uncles, and friends with a heartfelt connection to their homelands
  • Readers with a passion for memoirs and stories that illustrate the immigrant experience

About the Author

Hannah Moushabeck is a second-generation Palestinian American author, editor, and marketer who was raised in a family of booksellers and publishers in Western Massachusetts and England. Born in Brooklyn into Interlink Publishing, a family-run independent publishing house, she learned the power of literature at a young age. Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine is her first picture book. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts on the homelands of the Pocumtuc and Nipmuc Nations.
Reem Madooh is an illustrator from Kuwait with an MA in Children's Book Illustration. She is an avid picture book collector and loves narrative storytelling and incorporating a dreamlike atmosphere into her art. As a child, she enjoyed listening to stories of the old days from her parents and grandparents. She also loves za'atar and makes sure to have some every day. Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine is her first picture book. She lives in Kuwait.

Praise For…

“In Hannah Moushabeck’s “Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine,” a Palestinian father refashions memories of his youth in the Old City of Jerusalem into bedtime stories for his daughters.

. . . These are titles I want my own child exposed to. And I want non-Jewish families to read books that represent our full humanity, in all our particular Jewish vulnerability and joy.” — New York Times

"Moushabeck's text combined with Madooh's illustrations thoughtfully showcase dignity, joy, and resistance along with profound senses of loss and love of community.” — Shelf Awareness, starred review

“... [A] stirring tale with details that evoke the senses. A beautiful tale of family, love for a lost homeland, and remembrance.” — Kirkus Reviews

2023 New England Book Award Winner

2023 New England Book Award Winner

2023 New England Book Award Winner
Product Details
ISBN: 9781797202051
ISBN-10: 1797202057
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: March 28th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English