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I See the Sun in Afghanistan

Dari / English

Dedie King Judith Inglese Mohd Vahidi



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Satya House Publications Inc
01 July 2011
Series: Dari / English
Through the eyes of a child, I See the Sun in Afghanistan portrays a culture that emphasizes patriarchal family, love of country and fierce loyalty to family and tribe. Although the story takes place against the backdrop of war, it is not political, but a simple story about one day in the life of a young girl. After waking before dawn, Habiba and her sister go out to fetch water. Following a breakfast of khojur, she tags along with her brother and father as they bring the sheep to pasture. She goes to school outside with other girls; the boys attend school later in the day. Her family is preparing for cousins and an aunt and uncle to move in with them and Habiba wonders how everyone will fit into their small home. A country overview and glossary is included for parents and teachers who want to go beyond the story and talk more about Afghanistan and why it is important. In English and Afghan Farsi. For ages 5 and up.
Illustrated by:   Judith Inglese
Translated by:  
Imprint:   Satya House Publications Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 82mm, 
Weight:   136g
ISBN:   9780981872087
ISBN 10:   0981872085
Series:   Dari / English
Pages:   40
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for I See the Sun in Afghanistan (Dari / English)

K-Gr 2 -- This simple story follows a young Afghani girl from sunrise to sunset. Living in Bamiyan, a relatively safe city, Habiba fetches water, attends school, and anticipates the arrival of her cousins, who have lost their home because of the war. The story captures the flavor of the culture, and the love and support of this close family is evident. The story is written in both English and Dari (Afghan Farsi), and an author's note provides supplemental information. Inglese's watercolor and collage illustrations are well composed, and color and pattern add richness and texture. This interesting glimpse into the day-to-day life in this turbulent country will allow children to appreciate the similarities and differences that exist between the two cultures.<p>- Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ<p> School Library Journal

  • Short-listed for ForeWord Book of the Year 2011 (United States)

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