Biography: Elizabeth Alalou is a writer. She met her Ali Alalou, who was born and raised in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, when she was serving as a Peace Corp volunteer in southern Morocco, where they both taught in a public school. They are now married and live with their four children near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
While Nora waits impatiently for dinner, her father stirs up a story from his childhood. During a famine Nora's grandfather must travel over the mountains to find work so he can provide food for his family. While young Ali waits for his father's return, he learns a lesson of patience, perseverance, and hope.
"[A] warm family story about a rarely viewed culture..."
"Essakalli's memorable gouache illustrations provide a sense of place..."
"[A] heartfelt tale about patience and hope..."
--School Library Journal
"A fine way to introduce [the problem of hunger] to youngsters..."
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Literature