A Country Far Away


Winner of the Christian Media Children’s Book Prize, France

Parents Magazine Best Books of the Year Award, USA

NSCC/CBS Notable Children’s Book, USA

Children’s Book Foundation Book of the Year, UK

IRA-CBC Favourite Paperbacks for 1994, USA






Vivid, Australia

Andersen Press, UK
Random House, Australia
large format, Andersen Press, UK
large format, Random House, Australia
Penguin, Australia
Penguin, UK
Orchard Books, USA
Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, USA
Scholastic, USA
Galimard, France
large format, Galimard, France
Folio Benjamin, France
Blaireau, France
Ars, Germany
Verlag An Der Ruhr, Germany
Gottmer, Netherlands
Sesam, Denmark
Elle, Italy
Vivid, Australia
Magi Publications (Gujerati, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi) UK
Red House Book Club, UK
Books for Children Bookclub, UK


A remarkable and delightful book that shows how children are alike the world over, while at the same time celebrating the rich and interesting diversity of their ordinary lives.


An extraordinary book. Publishers Weekly


This unusual, sensitive book really brings out our shared human experiences, regardless of race. Child Education


A winner. What I liked about the book was that each kid’s life seems far more interesting and exciting than the other’s, and it’s a hook that I can’t see a young reader getting off. Times Educational Supplement


Gray understands that children are capable of insight and compassion, even into complex issues.  The Irish Times


Conveys the most complicated ideas effortlessly. Mother Magazine


TerrificCatholic Library World


A unique book. Focus


Never condescends or patronises. Five Owls


Simple in concept, yet rich in execution. Booklist


An ingenious and worthwhile idea. The School Librarian


A wonderful picture book. A welcome addition to the collection. Nassau Library System


Well executed and intriguing. Junior Bookshelf


Unique among picture books, it avoids didacticism while joyfully celebrating the kinship of human cultures. Review


 This book covers a portion of the early social studies curriculum far better than any textbook. Times Herald


There is no sense that one life is better than the other, rather that they are the same tapestry rewoven with a slightly different thread. Parents Magazine


A wonderful book. Wings


Wow! The possibilities for follow-up in the classroom seem endless. Excellent. Maine Collection


Cleverly done. Lindsay Mackie


Unusual and thought-provoking. Kent & Sussex Courier