Eleven Words for Love: A Journey Through Arabic Expressions of Love

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Eleven Words for Love: A Journey Through Arabic Expressions of Love
Written by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781536230215
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Eleven Words for Love: A Journey Through Arabic Expressions of Love

author: Randa Abdel-Fattah
illustrator: Maxine Beneba Clarke

A family has fled their homeland in search of safety in another country, carrying a single suitcase. As their journey unfolds, the oldest child reflects on the special contents of that suitcase: photo albums that evoke eleven of many names for love in Arabic. From sunshine-warm friendship to the love that dissolves all tears; from the love that makes you swoon to the love that leaves you yearning for the heart’s homeland—her family has experienced it all. Illustrated in vibrant watercolor pencil and collage on textured card stock, this moving scrapbook shows a family embracing an unknown future even as they honor the past, casting immigration and the refugee experience in the light of universal human connection.

A lyrical narrative of a Palestinian family in exile explores universal bonds of family, loyalty, and friendship through the lens of eleven Arabic expressions for love.
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1536230219 /  9781536230215
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Picture Book Fiction / Hardback
age range:
4 yrs - 8 yrs
# of pages/size:
40 / 9 1/4" x 12 3/16"
grade range:
Preschool - Grade 3
Family; Social Themes; Religious;
author’s comments:
Randa Abdel-Fattah is a Palestinian-Egyptian-Muslim writer, academic, former lawyer, and the multi-award-winning author of eleven books published in more than twenty countries, including the novel Does My Head Look Big in This? and a graphic novel series. She has been nominated twice for the Astrid Lindgren Award. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
illustrator’s comments:
Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian poet and writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. She is the author of five books for children, including The Patchwork Bike, a Boston GlobeHorn Book Award winner and Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, and the author-illustrator of the critically acclaimed picture book When We Say Black Lives Matter and Fashionista.
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