I See the Sun in Afghanistan

Dedie King, illus. by Judith Inglese. Satya House (Midpoint Trade, dist.), $12.95 paper (40p) ISBN 978-0-9818720-8-7
Written in English and Dari (the official language of Afghanistan), this third book in the I See the Sun series provides a window into the life of an Afghan girl while touching on the effects of war. Habiba awakens before dawn to gather water from the well, attends school, and spends time with her family; but in the afternoon, Habiba's uncle (who has lost his legs), aunt, and cousins arrive—to stay. "I am happy to see my cousins," Habiba thinks, "but I am also worried. How can so many people live together in our small house?" Inglese's artwork is a haunting mixture of pencil drawings and photo-collage, and despite the story's uncertainties, the overall message is one of resilience. Ages 5–up. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/16/2011
Release date: 07/01/2011
Hardcover - 40 pages - 978-1-935874-29-4
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