In this powerful and realistic tale, 11-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital city during the Taliban rule. Parvana's father - a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed - works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day he is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food. As conditions in the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges.
Forbidden by the Taliban government to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy and become the breadwinner.
©2001 Deborah Ellis; (P)2008 Listening Library
This is a good book we had to read for school. The reader's British accent took me a while to get used to, but, it was a good audio book.
This book gives us a glimpse of life in a country we tend to associate with many evils of this world. What a refreshing view to be reminded that the people of Afghanistan have lost so much in their own homeland and struggle with the day to day situations many of us take for granted.
Following the regular coverage on the news, my son often asks me questions about societies affected by war. It is difficult to explain the gory details without traumatizing him. When I listened to the book, I decided that this book is an Audible kids book that seems useful for the purpose. There are several difficult scenes, but they are representative of real pressures faced by children in our world. The book is written in a straightforward style that I think would appeal to kids and parents. I plan to experience the book with my child, and talk about the hardships and trauma faced in that pressured society.
My 12 year old daughter chose this book and I would recommend to to adults and children alike.
The vocals were excellent. Great differentiation between characters, clear and concise annunciation.
Yes, myself & my two daughters 12 & 10 listened while commuting 50 minutes to school and it made the drive seem like five minutes long and we all were eager to resume after school. This could have easily been listened to in one sitting.
I enjoyed listening to this with my daughter - it allowed us the opportunity to learn about another country together and discuss our similarities (pesky siblings!) and differences (too many to list).
I needed to read this for my Global History class and then tie it in with a study of modern Afghanistan. Being able to listen to the book while reading it helped me to understand all the different points being made.
I am a middle school reading teacher who loves to show students the wonder and joy of reading.
Great story and well done in the audio version. Liked by adults and children alike.
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