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A Kittery woman and a refugee who grew up in Portland have collaborated to write a new children’s book.“A Feast for Joseph” is about a young African refugee named Joseph who has moved to Portland and how he deals with adapting to his new life.“He moves to Portland, Maine. He’s in Kennedy Park, but even here he’s remembering the refugee camp where his grandmother is,” co-author Terry Farish said.The authors said despite finding a better life in Maine, Joseph still longs for the family and friends he left behind in a refugee camp in Uganda.“He still has good friends there, so he’s missing all the people, how they used to cook and the music, and that’s what he’s homesick for,” Farish said.Farish partnered with refugee OD Bonny to write the book, which is meant for elementary school-aged children. Farish and Bonny met in 2013 while Farish was working with Portland’s Sudanese community. “I am so overjoyed with this book. It came out way better than I expected it to be,” Bonny said.Bonny is not only the co-author of “A Feast for Joseph.” He is the inspiration and face behind the book.Bonny now lives in Nebraska, but the book highlights the lessons he learned growing up as a refugee in Portland.“Growing up in two different parts of the world is one of the most difficult things, but making friends is also one of the most important things,” Bonny said.“He wants to bring people together so that they can eat together, and he can have that experience of community like it used to be in Uganda,” Farish said.In the book, Joseph makes a great friend and they cook African food together, ultimately enjoying the community experience Joseph longed for.“I think friendship is one of the most important things to come from this book, but personally, for me my favorite is tradition and the food,” Bonny said.Bonny and Farish hope that as Maine’s refugee community continues to grow, there is a lesson in their book for all young people to learn.“Sometimes meeting people through a story is a way that can make people feel comfortable with meeting people in real life. It’s a way for us to build community around different cultures to have books about the newcomers to Maine,” Farish said.

A Kittery woman and a refugee who grew up in Portland have collaborated to write a new children’s book.

“A Feast for Joseph” is about a young African refugee named Joseph who has moved to Portland and how he deals with adapting to his new life.

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“He moves to Portland, Maine. He’s in Kennedy Park, but even here he’s remembering the refugee camp where his grandmother is,” co-author Terry Farish said.

The authors said despite finding a better life in Maine, Joseph still longs for the family and friends he left behind in a refugee camp in Uganda.

“He still has good friends there, so he’s missing all the people, how they used to cook and the music, and that’s what he’s homesick for,” Farish said.

Farish partnered with refugee OD Bonny to write the book, which is meant for elementary school-aged children. Farish and Bonny met in 2013 while Farish was working with Portland’s Sudanese community.

“I am so overjoyed with this book. It came out way better than I expected it to be,” Bonny said.

Bonny is not only the co-author of “A Feast for Joseph.” He is the inspiration and face behind the book.

Bonny now lives in Nebraska, but the book highlights the lessons he learned growing up as a refugee in Portland.

“Growing up in two different parts of the world is one of the most difficult things, but making friends is also one of the most important things,” Bonny said.

“He wants to bring people together so that they can eat together, and he can have that experience of community like it used to be in Uganda,” Farish said.

In the book, Joseph makes a great friend and they cook African food together, ultimately enjoying the community experience Joseph longed for.

“I think friendship is one of the most important things to come from this book, but personally, for me my favorite is tradition and the food,” Bonny said.

Bonny and Farish hope that as Maine’s refugee community continues to grow, there is a lesson in their book for all young people to learn.

“Sometimes meeting people through a story is a way that can make people feel comfortable with meeting people in real life. It’s a way for us to build community around different cultures to have books about the newcomers to Maine,” Farish said.

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