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2009 Parents' Choice Recommended winner
"The personal nature of the story individualizes the conflict in Afghanistan...and the quiet, tightly focused approach helps make the situation accessible. The notion of school as a privilege revoked rather than a mandatory setnece may also elicit some thoughtful kid consideration."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Winter’s precise acrylics tell this story in matter-of-fact images: Taliban soldiers coming down the mountain to the city of Herat, “where art and music and learning once flourished”; a girl called Nasreen sitting at home, silent since her parents disappeared, forbidden to attend school; the grandmother, who tells the story, taking her to a secret girls’ school in a private home. The students’ brightly colored headscarves stand in for their bravery and eagerness to learn.”—The New York Times Book Review
"Winter tells another powerful story, based on true events, of an individual activist whose singular courage brings social change...Winter artfully distills enormous concepts into spare, potent sentences that celebrate Herat’s rich cultural, Islamic history...even as they detail the harrowing realities of Taliban rule. And in her signature style of deceptively simple compositions and rich, opaque colors, Winter’s acrylic paintings give a palpable sense of both Nasreen’s everyday terror and the expansive joy that she finds in learning."—Booklist
Posted November 4, 2013
I gave it four stars because nasreen was very brave when the soliders came and took her father away.I didn't give it five stars because it was sad when her mom and her father were not with her,but I thought it was a good book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 4, 2010
I recently bought this book after reviewing the 2010 Jane Addams Book Award winners. I was instantly pulled into the courage and strength Nasreen and her grandmother had. With all that we hear in the media regarding the Taliban and issues surrounding the Middle East, it was so interesting to see a child's side of the struggles there. I am a classroom teacher and I think this would promote the most riveting classroom conversations. I know my students would be immeidately hooked to Nasreen's struggles and how she overcomes her challenges. I feel this book would be best for grade 2 and higher. Nasreen's grandmother will remind all who read this book that school is a gift not to be wasted....something American youth will be refreshed and reminded of.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.