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On the wings of eagles : an Ethiopian child's story
Schrier, Jeffrey.
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Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, 1998.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
A Jewish Ethiopian boy recounts the story of Israel's 1991 airlift rescue of his threatened people.
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A Jewish Ethiopian boy recounts the story of Israel's 1991 airlift rescue of his threatened people.

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Booklist Review

Ages 6^-9. Both the subject and artwork are distinctive in this evocative picture book about the Jews of Ethiopia. The narrator is Isaiah, a young Ethiopian Jew, or Falasha, who uses his flute to tell the ancient story of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, from whom the Ethiopian Jews are descended. He also relates the modern prejudices that eventually resulted in the dramatic airlift of Falashas to Israel in the mid-eighties and early nineties. Combining line drawings and documentary photographs against a woven cloth background, fine artist Schrier's collages are, perhaps, more intriguing than successful. Still, the pictures are in keeping with the expressive tone and sensibility of the text. An afterword fills in the blanks about famine, civil war, and secret escapes. --Julie Corsaro

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-6-A group of Israeli campers gather around Isaiah, an Ethiopian Jewish boy, as he tells poignant tales of his homeland, interspersed with melodies from his bamboo flute. The child shares the legends his grandmother told him of the origin of his people and the story of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba; he tells of personal hardships and explains the years of suffering at the hands of fellow countrymen. Last of all, he recounts the struggles of his people as they attempt to flee their homes and start new lives in Israel. The unusual collage illustrations combine slightly out of focus photographs, line drawings, and Judaic art against the background of a hand-woven robe commonly worn in the highlands of Ethiopia. A historical afterword and a note on the art are included. This highly emotional story, based on an article by David Grossman in the New York Times on May 29, 1991, is filled with sorrow and presents the point of view of just one of the groups to suffer persecution and hardship in this African nation.-Gebregeorgis Yohannes, San Francisco Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.