My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds

Book - 2017
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Fleeing a home destroyed in the Syrian civil war, Sami worries about the pigeons he left behind. Even in the relative safety of a refugee camp, the boy struggles to participate in the daily activities, consumed by thoughts of what he has lost. At last, when birds in need of care enter his life, Sami begins the long road to healing.
Publisher: Toronto :, Pajama Press Inc.,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781772780109
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages :,coloured illustrations ;,26 cm.

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Jul 16, 2019

Heartbreaking. Beautiful clay illustrations that are evocative and dream-like. I cried reading it. I don't think I would be able to get through this in a storytime without sobbing.

Tigard_HollyCP Apr 27, 2019

Beautiful illustrations mostly made of clay. Beautiful, sad, hopeful story of a Syrian child, Sami, forced to leave his home due to civil war. He must leave the beloved pigeons he cared for. He and his family make their way to a refugee camp where he befriends some new birds and a little girl just entering the camp. Despite the horror he has faced and the nightmares he experiences, Sami finds hope in the birds and the people around him.

This gorgeous picture book tells the story of Sami, who has had to leave his home in Syria and flee to a Refugee camp. The pictures are done in plasticine, and are so beautiful and moving. Sami had to leave behind his birds as his family ran, and he misses them so much. The story shows an gentle path towards healing both in the pictures and in the words. An eye opener for children who might never have heard of Refugee camps and what it means to be a refuge and leave your home. (Submitted by Sharleen)

ArapahoeStaff2 Apr 15, 2017

Awe-worthy illustrations filled with longing of home, but also hope. A timely story that gives a glimpse into one boy's journey seeking refuge. An important addition to a family's story sharing collection.

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