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Hoger dan de bergen en dieper dan de zee

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A man and a child are sitting in a small boat. The child is smiling and looking at the fish.
Language: 
Title in English: 
Higher than the Mountains and Deeper than the Sea
Author: 
Laila Koubaa
Illustrator: 
Laura Janssens
Illustrations: 
Colour
Place of publication: 
Antwerp
Country: 
Publisher: 
Vrijdag
Year of publication: 
2015
Pages: 
80 p.
Size: 
24 x 16,5 cm
ISBN: 
9789460013362
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Grandpa Monji tells his granddaughter and grandson the story of how he, a Tunisian, ended up in Belgium. As a little boy, he lost his mother, and was placed in a foster home, together with his big brother. When he was a young man, he seized the chance to go and work with some friends in northern France for six months, where he fell in love with a Belgian woman and decided to stay in Belgium.

In this warm story, the young reader learns about another time, a time when people moved thousands of kilometres for work, and a marriage between a Belgian woman and an ‘outsider’ encountered a great deal of suspicion. The children in the frame story ask questions that children of all backgrounds will be keen to hear the answers to. This is a story that will trigger a great sense of recognition for children and grandchildren of migrants.

A sensitive book about respect, with a dash of humour. Laura Janssens captures the story in inventive compositions, with expressive drawings in her beautiful colour palette.

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