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Home at Last
Children's Books and Curricula

As a better way of communicating the growing problems of family homelessness and poverty to a younger audience, Dr. Ralph da Costa Nunez wrote his first children's book, Our Wish, in 1997.

Our Wish is the first in a six book series that helps children understand what it is like to be homeless. All of the main characters are lovable animals and are used to help children better relate to and comprehend the difficult topic of family homelessness. Our Wish was followed in the series by Cooper's Tale, Saily's Journey, Voyage to Shelter Cove, Mango's Quest, and the most recent release, Ears Up, Ears Down: A dog’s journey home.

ICPH created accompanying activity books for children to interact and connect with both their peers and the characters. In addition, the animated video collection, Home at Last, was created to go along with these books. The animated videos touch on different ways children are affected by homelessness and poverty and include well-known children’s book authors reading several books from the series aloud. All books and supplementary materials are geared toward grade levels K–5.

Our Wish

After their home is destroyed, Mrs. Bun E. Rabbit and her family find themselves in need of a helping hand. Come along with Ronny, Rachael, Ricky, Roberta, Rosie, and Mrs. Rabbit as they make the difficult journey to their new home.


Our Wish: Activity Book

This activity book is the companion book to Our Wish. Join the rabbits as they look for a new home.


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