The Day My Father Became a Bush

By VAN LEEUWEN, Joke

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ISBN
9781877579486
Publisher
Gecko Press


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on November 1, 2013  |  Grades 5-8

Gr 4–7—Toda lives in an unspecified country in which the northern and southern sections are at war. Her father has left his job as a pastry chef to serve as a soldier. He explains to her that he will "disguise himself as a bush" to hide from the enemy. The child is left with her grandmother until the area becomes too dangerous and she is sent to live with her mother across the border. As Toda undertakes the precarious journey to safety, she enco...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on September 1, 2013

This popular Dutch author/illustrator has a gift for writing of serious matters while maintaining a deceptively light, quirky sense of humor. The narrator of this story (all we learn of her name is that it contains four ks and ends with "toda") describes two terrible results of her country's war. One is that her father "becomes a bush" (she imagines him in various forms of camouflage); the other is that she's s...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2013

The narrator of this quirky story describes two terrible results of her country's war, one of which is that she's ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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