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Children's Literature"A package came for me early in the morning," a young boy relates. It is addressed to him in Brooklyn with the return address in Arabic letters, from Tehran, Iran. The mysterious little bottle inside contains a wind that carries him across the sea to the city where his father was born and into his grandfather's arms. After some time together his grandfather says to him, "Breathe in the wind and mix it with love and blow it into the bottle." That can bring him back again, his grandfather tells him. The magical journey is a gift of the imagination in the love of grandfather and child. The caption-like text accompanies the many tiny details spread across the double-page scenes that tell the visual story. The objects and characters seem composed of cut papers, creating a flat appearance. We see buildings, vehicles, animals, and instruments reflecting the journey from Brooklyn across the ocean to Iran. There the boy and his grandfather enjoy their experiences amid abstracted scenes of local color. This collection of exotic impressions wrapped in an emotionally uplifting story is connected at the end in a note about the experience of the author's Iranian-born husband and his distant grandfather. 2006, Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz