War, Family, Friendship, Isolation, Adventure, Primary, Outstanding
Torn apart by the manifestations of war, a child can no longer live as children often do. Yazan finds himself surrounded by loneliness and boredom, spending days making paper planes, doodling on paper, and making formations out of pillows. One day, when he cannot stand the monotony and isolation of being inside, he dares to venture outside into the dangerous streets on his little red bicycle. As loud sounds explode all around him, he contemplates if he should continue on to the nearby park. His father finds him, and silently, they walk home together hand in hand. His mother is delighted by his return and decides she will take up painting again, but this time it won’t be canvas that she’ll use. She will cover his bedroom wall with the beautiful scenery of a park of which he could only dream.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 41:
7, Article 25.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol41/iss7/25