Tasting the Sky

Tasting the Sky

A Palestinian Childhood

Book - 2007
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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.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2007
ISBN: 9780374357337
Branch Call Number: 956.952 BAR
Characteristics: x, 176 p. : map ; 22 cm


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Aug 22, 2012

A writer of great eloquence, Barakat takes the modern western reader away from their own world and into that of a Palestinian child’s. From the joy of sesame candy to the fear of bombs exploding overhead, Tasting the Sky was not a book which I read with dry eyes. Barakat was able to find a wonderful balance of childhood antics and a real world look at the conflict which is too often seen as hopeless.

Aug 24, 2010

This is a fantastic and captivating book! I highly recommend it to anyone who has come across this page.

Aug 16, 2010

A revelation of childhood memories of living with war that should lead the reader compassion.

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Aug 22, 2012

bannierj thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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