The Land beyond the wall: an immigration story : by Veronika Martenova Charles
Published by : Nimbus Publishing, Halifax c2017 [32p]
This is the tender story of a young girl named Emma. As a consequence of her parents actions, she is orphaned and sent to live with her aunt. Living in a practical world, Emma’s dreams of becoming an artist by adding ‘colour’ to her otherwise ‘gray’ life is her wish to go to school and become an artist. However, the world of her Aunt, dreams cannot exist along side a world of common sense. This does not deter Emma…and against great odds she escapes these confines and arrives in a new land. Here she is welcomed with kindness and compassion. It is here, that her greatest desire … to add color…allows her to ‘find her voice’!
The vibrant and expressive illustrations lend an added sensitivity to the story that allows the reader to become empathic with Emma. Even though this story has a magical-like thread woven through it, I think that the ‘wall’ and Emma’s journey is symbolic of many of the obstacles that many families and children endure while escaping their past and seeking a way to follow their dreams.
Highly Recommended for Primary and Junior students! [grades 2-6]