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Tasting the Sky : Palestinan Childhood (07 Edition)


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ISBN13: 9780374357337
ISBN10: 0374357331
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Winner, Arab American National Museum Book Award for Children's/YA Literature, among other awards and honors.
“When a war ends it does not go away,” my mother says.“It hides inside us . . . Just forget!”

            But I do not want to do what Mother says . . . I want to remember.


In this groundbreaking memoir set in Ramallah during the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War, Ibtisam Barakat captures what it is like to be a child whose world is shattered by war. With candor and courage, she stitches together memories of her childhood: fear and confusion as bombs explode near her home and she is separated from her family; the harshness of

life as a Palestinian refugee; her unexpected joy when she discovers Alef, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. This is the beginning of her passionate connection to words, and as language becomes her refuge, allowing her to piece together the fragments of her world, it becomes her true home.


Transcending the particulars of politics, this illuminating and timely book provides a telling glimpse into a little-known culture that has become an increasingly important part of the puzzle of world peace.

About the Author

IBTISAM BARAKAT is a poet and educator who has worked with organizations such as the United Nations to facilitate a dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis. This is her first book. She currently lives in Columbia, Missouri.

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mollyKOD, March 13, 2007 (view all comments by mollyKOD)
I couldn't put the book down when I began reading. I simply read and read until I finished. It is an amazing book, both for the historical account of her experiences, and for her beautiful writing. Her words are juicy and compelling.
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Barakat, Ibtisam
Farrar Straus Giroux
Biography & Autobiography - General
Arab-Israeli conflict
People & Places - Middle East
Children, Palestinian Arab.
Biography & Autobiography : General
Barakat, Ibtisam
History - Middle East
Places/Middle East
History, military
History - Military & Wars
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Edition Description:
Young Adult Nonfiction
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 6 up to 10
Includes a map, historical note, and whe
8.53 x 5.78 x 0.825 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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