Sophia doesn't understand when her grandfather gives her an olive tree for her seventh birthday. She wanted a skateboard. And after all, her family lives in California, and the tree is on an island in Greece! But when Grandfather dies, Sophia and her mother travel to the small island their family came from. The people in Greece look strange to Sophia, and she can't understand what they are saying. Even her mother seems different here. Will Sophia ever feel connected to this faraway place? This beautiful tale of a child learning of her heritage is written by one of today's most acclaimed children's authors. With Christina Moore's perfectly paced narration, Sophia and her experiences spring vividly to life.
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"An Old World family emmigrated to America, leaving behind an olive tree in Greece. Grandfather gave the tree to his granddaughter as a birthday present. Christina Moore reads Sophia well, realistically conveying the innocence of a 7 year old. Initially confused about her gift, she later understands its meaning when she and her mother visit Greece. Moore believably describes the trip from a youngster's point of view, with just the right touch of awe and wonderment. This story, appropriate for elementary students, teaches about family heritage and the beauty of Greece. A.G.H. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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