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Sami and the Time of the Troubles Paperback – September 18, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 18, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395720850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395720851
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this "poignant and appealing" story, a boy longs for peace in his war-torn Beirut; PW noted that Lewin's art "exudes a brave optimism." Ages 5-9.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3 Up-- Ten-year-old Sami lives in Beirut, Lebanon. Because of gunfire and bombing in the streets, he and his family spend much of their time in the basement of an uncle's house. There they listen to the radio or stare at the carpets Sami's mother insisted on bringing along as reminders of a normal life. When there is a lull in the fighting, the boy enjoys a day at the beach or meets with a friend to make a fort and play at war. ```When we are older, we will have real guns,''' says Amir. Sami disagrees. ```The fighting will be over then. It cannot last forever.''' At the story's end, Sami and his family are back underground listening as the ``noises of the night'' begin. As in The Day of Ahmed's Secret (Lothrop, 1990), three marvelously talented collaborators offer a powerful, poignant book. Heide and Gilliland's lyrically written, haunting story makes clear that war threatens not only physical existence but affects the human spirit as well. Lewin's watercolor illustrations capture contemporary Beirut with stunning clarity and drama. A bridal party walks through the rubble of a bombed-out street, old men drink coffee and smoke water-pipes, a blue sky startles with its brilliance. And Sami--surrounded by the carpets whose muted colors suggest a glimmering of hope--waits in the black cave of a basement. Unforgettable. --Ellen D. Warwick, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book will help children put themselves into Sami's war ravaged world. They will feel the angst of civil war and worry about Sami's safety in a book that makes readers feel as if they could reach out and touch the rubble in the streets of Lebanon. The book portrays the intermittent bombing and roller coaster of emotions faced by those who lived through the civil war. A wonderful mix of history and fiction which must be read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
My boyfriend lived in Lebanon during the time frame of this book. This book was close to the life he knew then. I bought the book for my sister's Arab American child. It is often difficult to find children's books with an Arabic theme. This is a wonderful one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AWAIR Reviews on May 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Ted Lewin has again lavishly illustrated a work by the same authors as The Day of Ahmed's Secret. Ten-year-old Sami lives with his family in Beirut. This poetic and beautiful book tells of the family's strength and of Sami's determined optimism in the face of war's devastation. This is a young children's picture storybook,so there are no politics here, no war's history, no taking of sides. . . except the side of children who want not to be in shelter, who want families whole, who want to play outside.

Teachers/Librarians - for Kindergarten - 6th grade. This special book speaks to the hearts of so many of our children in our classrooms, who come from war-torn communities everywhere. . . and one does not have to be an immigrant refugee to have had these experiences.
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By Austin on September 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
had to read this for class. It was a decent book but cant say i would add it to my collection if i didn't need to buy it
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Format: Paperback
A great source for teaching multicultural literature. I think it's a good read-aloud because it facilitates discussion.
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