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Sea Prayer
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Release Date
September 18, 2018
ISBN
978-0525539094
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A short, powerful, illustrated book written by beloved novelist Khaled Hosseini in response to the current refugee crisis, Sea Prayer is composed in the form of a letter, from a father to his son, on the eve of their journey. Watching over his sleeping son, the father reflects on the dangerous sea-crossing that lies before them. It is also a vivid portrait of their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of that city's swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone.

Impelled to write this story by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015, Hosseini hopes to pay tribute to the millions of families, like Kurdi's, who have been splintered and forced from home by war and persecution, and he will donate author proceeds from this book to the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund lifesaving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.

Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read writers in the world, with more than fifty-five million copies of his novels sold worldwide in more than seventy countries. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

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This fictional picture book, inspired by the tragic death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi's tragic death on a Turkish beach, follows young Marwan, whose father is telling him what Syria was like before their family was forced to flee. From the bucolic joy of an uncle's farm in the country to the happy bustle of the market place in Homs, the father expresses his love of his country and all of the good things in it. However, all Marwan knows is the political trouble, fighting, bombing, and eventual flight from the troubled country. Now that the family is waiting on the shore to be transported by unsafe boats to another country where they will not be welcomed, the father prays that they will all be safe, and that they will eventually be able to find safety from the problems of their country and create a new life.

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This timely story is beautifully illustrated in an almost impressionistic, 1960s style. The pictures are at first full of yellow-- light and hopeful. As the story progresses, the palette changes to the cool colors of a dark and angry sea, although the very last picture has some touches of yellow to indicate a feeling of hope.

Even the youngest readers will soon start seeing a number of refugees in their communities, and it's hard to help children understand the difficulties their peers may face. This book is a great resource for introducing the topic to older readers, and for helping them make more sense of what they might hear in the news.

Nye's Turtle of Oman is similar in that it lovingly describes a country that is loved but which is being left, although under circumstances that are not quite so dire, and Senzai's Escape from Aleppo offers more details of the process of fleeing a country for older readers. Colfer's Illegal also covers the topic of refugees, but again for an older audience. I'm sure we will continue to see more books on this topic, and they will help greatly in helping readers understand and be empathetic to people whose lives are vastly different from their own.
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