Young Oraib and her family care for the beautiful olive trees near their refugee camp. When the Palestinian family must flee due to a looming war, Oraib worries about the future of the trees, and resolves to ensure that they endure.---from Publisher's Weekly
The story of a Palestinian family’s ties to the land, and how one young girl finds a way to care for her home, even as she says goodbye.
It’s 1967 in Nablus, Palestine.
Oraib loves the olive trees that grow outside the refugee camp where she lives. Each harvest, she and her mama pick the small fruits and she eagerly stomp stomp stomps on them to release their golden oil. Olives have always tied her family to the land, as Oraib learns from the stories Mama tells of a home before war.
But war has come to their door once more, forcing them to flee. Even as her family is uprooted, Oraib makes a solemn promise to her beloved olive trees. She will see to it that their legacy lives on for generations to come.
Debut author-illustrator Aya Ghanameh boldly paints a tale of bitterness, hope, and the power of believing in a free and thriving future.---from the publisher
40 pages 978-0593525180 Ages 5-8
Keywords: historical fiction, Palestine, war, refugee, trees, heritage, cultural identity, hope, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old
Meet the author:
Aya Ghanameh is a Palestinian illustrator, writer, and designer from Amman, Jordan. Her work moves away from state-centric ways of thinking to center the voices of ordinary people in historical and political narratives. Her debut picture book, These Olive Trees, is inspired by the experiences of her family who cultivated her love of the land throughout her upbringing in exile. Having graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, she is currently based in New York City where she overspends on food from Arab restaurants.
You can visit Aya online at ayaghanameh.com or follow her on Twitter @ayaghanameh.