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Ziba Came on a Boat Hardcover – September 30, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Pub (September 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933605529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933605524
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gorgeous illustrations and lovely prose...sad but hopeful. Beautiful." - --Diana P., Bob's Beach Books

"...gives children a glimpse of what it is like for a young girl to leave her home and head off to a new country...an astonishingly touching story that will stay with you long after you set the book down." --- Suite 101

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Based on real events, Ziba Came on a Boat is the moving story of a little girl whose family has lost almost everything. This beautiful picture book takes us on her brave journey to make a new life, far from home. Full of love, warm memories and hope for the future - even in a time of fear - this lyrical story is accompanied by stunning watercolor illustrations by the acclaimed Robert Ingpen.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on August 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ziba sits on a creaky fishing boat, packed full with other refugees, remembering the life she left behind and hoping for new opportunities ahead. Although they were not wealthy, she and her extended family led happy, productive lives until war reached their peaceful village. Forced to flee with little more than the shirts on their backs, Ziba now sits on the crowded old boat with her mother's arms wrapped around her, letting her thoughts and dreams change with the temper of the ocean.

Based on actual accounts of Afghani refugees living in Australia, Ziba Came on a Boat is a moving story about how a girl and her family experience the incredibly high social and economic costs of war and conflict. Such a weighty topic is not easy to broach with children, but the hopeful tone, subtle text, and extraordinary illustrations yield a literary work that younger readers can understand without feeling overwhelmed. Long after closing the book, readers may continue to feel Ziba's steady gaze and appreciate her yearning for freedom.
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Format: Hardcover
"Ziba came on a boat. A soggy old fishing boat that creaked and moaned as it rose and fell, rose and fell, across an endless sea..."

As you turn the pages, the setting changes from the boat to villages in a hilly area. Ziba's memories flash back and she recalls her life in the village with other family members and friends before escaping war-torn Afghanistan. Ziba shivers as she huddles close to her mother. The language is descriptive as the author describes the tastes and aromas of spices and goat's milk yoghurt. "Ziba Came on a Boat" is the story of a little girl whose family lost almost everything and her brave journey to make a new life far from home. The author was inspired after hearing stories from the Hazara community- refugees from Afghanistan who now live in Perth, Australia. This lyrical story will work well in both primary and middle school classrooms. For teachers who enjoy reading aloud, the rhythm and repetition of words is both poetic and appealing.
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By Gail T. Miller on January 20, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Good book delivered on time.
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