Hope Is an Arrow: The story of Lebanese American Kahlil Gibran

Hope Is an Arrow: The story of Lebanese American Kahlil Gibran
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July 05, 2022
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Before Kahlil Gibran became the world’s third-best-selling poet of all time, he was Gibran Khalil Gibran, an immigrant child from Lebanon with a secret hope to bring people together despite their many differences. Kahlil’s life highlights the turn of the twentieth century, from the religious conflicts that tore apart his homeland and sent a hundred thousand Arab people to America, to settling in Boston, where the wealthy clashed headlong with the poor. Throughout it all, Kahlil held on to his secret hope, even as his identity grew roots on both sides of the Atlantic. How could he be both Kahlil Gibran, Arab American, and Gibran Khalil Gibran, the Lebanese boy who longed for the mountains of his homeland? Kahlil found the answer in art and poetry. He wrote The Prophet, an arrow of hope as strong as the great cedars of Lebanon and feathered by the spirit of American independence. More than a hundred years later, his words still fly around the world in many languages, bringing people together.

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What worked: Beautifully illustrated biography of Lebanese American poet Kahlil Gibran. I loved his book THE PROPHET while in college. This picture book introduces young readers to this famous poet.

Readers learn the early story of Gibran who left his beloved Lebanon and came to Boston. Woven throughout are stanzas of his poetry. The juxtaposition of poetry and bright, vivid colors brings to life his story. As a former first-grade teacher I feel the pacing of this book is perfect for engaging students in the life of Gibran.

Gibran's messages were filled with the hope of bringing people together. His message is one that still resonates today. This picture book shows how things haven't changed much with the differences between the wealthy and immigrants.

Powerful, insightful biography of Kahlil Gibran that is sure to welcome new readers to not only his poetry but his life story.
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1. Beautifully illustrations
2. Engaging
3. Love interweaving poetry throughout this biography
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