Illustrated by :Rebecca Gibbon
Imprint:Groundwood Books - Toronto
Form detail:Picture book, Printed dust jacket
Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 7, Grade (CAN) P - 2, Grade (US) P - 2
Dimensions:10in x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 1.1 lb
Page Count:32 pages
Illustrations:Full color throughout
A story about making new friends and missing home, wherever home may be.
Mónica and Hannah are school kids in the big city. Together, they have formed the Homesick Club, since they are both from far away. Mónica misses the family of hummingbirds that she and her grandmother would feed in her backyard in Bolivia every day. Hannah misses the sunshine and the tiny tortoise that lived near her house in Israel.
When a new teacher, Miss Shelby, arrives from Texas, the girls discover that she misses her home, too, especially the huge sky full of stars and a Southern treat known as Hummingbird Cake. The girls ask Miss Shelby to join their club, then Mónica decides she will bring a surprise for show and tell — a surprise that brings Miss Shelby close to tears.
Author Libby Martinez addresses a theme that many children can relate to — feeling homesick — especially when home is far away. Rebecca Gibbon’s charming illustrations bring an imaginative, light touch to the story.
Key Text Features
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
REBECCA GIBBON grew up in South Wales, where her love of picture books inspired her dream of being an artist. She has an MA in illustration from the Royal College of Art, and works in editorial illustration as well as children’s publishing. She has illustrated several children’s books, including The Great Spruce by John Duval and Elizabeth Leads the Way by Tanya Lee Stone, which was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book among other honors. Rebecca lives with her family in a small town in Herefordshire, England.
Gibbon’s brightly colored illustrations look fresh and vivid. A supportive picture book for immigrants and an empathetic read-aloud choice for classroom discussion. - Booklist
This emotionally resonant and playfully illustrated picture book reveals the many ways our personal stories of home can unite and enrich a community. … Any child who has experienced the bitter sweet journey of moving far from home will find a heartwarming sense of belonging, as they discover how they have been and always will be, a part of the Homesick Club. - Mighty Village
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