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The Roses in My Carpets (Hardcover): Rukhsana Khan

The Roses in My Carpets (Hardcover)

Rukhsana Khan; Illustrated by Ronald Himler

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A young refugee boy from Afghanistan struggles toward adulthood in a compassionate tale from Khan (Bedtime B-a-a-a-lk, p. 896) about the healing of the human spirit. At the mud house in the refugee camp, the nameless narrator's days consist mainly of work, school, prayers, and sharing what little there is to eat. He has nightmares of war, and is learning the skill of carpet-weaving, from which he hopes to someday derive a living for his family; with his father dead, the boy is embarrassed to admit that he accepts minimal aid from an unseen sponsor. In his graceful narrative, he names the colors he works with: "White for the shroud we wrapped my father's body in. Black is for the night that cloaks us from enemy eyes. Green is the color of life. Blue is the sky. One day it will be free of jets." Leaden skies and mud-colored walls contrast with the bright colors of the carpet; Himler's watercolor and pencil drawings, spare as the text, build poignantly to a portrait of a life. After the news comes that his sister, hospitalized with broken legs, will heal, the boy's dreams turn; the roses he is weaving into a carpet appear in his vision of a future "where the bombs cannot touch us." (Kirkus Reviews)
It's always the same. The jets scream overhead. They've seen me. I'm running to slowly, dragging my mother and sister behind. In a flowerless war-torn world where every inch of land must be used to grow precious food, a young boy weaves roses in his carpets as he masters the skills that may save his family from a life of poverty. For a young refugee living with loss and terror-filled memoriers, time is measured by the next bucket of water, the next portion of bread, and the next call to prayer. Here where everything-walls, floor, courtyard-is mud, a boy's heart can still long for freedom, independence, and safety. And here, where life is terribly fragile, the strength to endure grows out of need. But the strength to dream comes from within.


Imprint: Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd
Country of origin: United States
Release date: September 1998
First published: September 1998
Authors: Rukhsana Khan
Illustrators: Ronald Himler
Dimensions: 277 x 214 x 10mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Sewn / Cloth over boards
Pages: 26
ISBN-13: 978-0-7737-3092-2
Categories: Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction > General
Books > Children's & Educational > Life skills & personal awareness, general studies > Personal awareness: family, relationship & social issues > General
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun > General
LSN: 0-7737-3092-3
Barcode: 9780773730922

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