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The Girl Who Lost Her Smile Hardcover – January 1, 2000
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-In this obscure story, Jehan has lost her smile, making the city of Baghdad gray and drab. Even the jugglers and fire-eaters can't cheer her up. The hoopoe bird and Jehan's father try importing artists to paint pictures to cheer her, but while the girl finds the Chinese dragons and the Italian seraphim beautiful, she still won't smile. The hoopoe rejects the religious subject matter of the Tibetan artist as "Too scary" and the Egyptian's as "Too serious." Finally, a young Persian gives her a sandalwood scraper and together they sand a wall until it glows. "-Jehan saw that its beauty had always been there. It had just been waiting for her to uncover it." This message passes for the point of the story. Czernecki's angular and flat watercolors rely less on Turkish folk art and more on bold, varying color, black outlines, and static placement of figures. Young readers are unlikely to be moved by the pictures or the inexplicit theme, and it is never revealed why the child is sad or why sanding a wall makes her happy. This story needs a little more fleshing out to make plain its simple message that beauty is where you find it.
Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Ages 6-9. Inspired by a tale from the Sufi poet Rumi, this elegant, unusual story begins when young Jehan wakes up one morning in Baghdad and cannot find her smile. Her father asks the wise hoopoe bird what to do. It suggests that Jehan will smile again when great artists paint pictures for her. Italian and Chinese painters come, but though Jehan finds their art beautiful, she cannot smile. Then the hoopoe brings a young Persian. The Persian brings forth a sandalwood scraper from his bag and asks Jehan to help him smooth the wall. As the wall begins to glow under their hands, "Jehan saw that its beauty had always been there. It had just been waiting for her to uncover it," and she smiles again. In airbrushed colors, the illustrations are combinations of geometric forms: Jehan's head is a circle and her lips a perfect ruby heart. Persian windows, Jehan's turbaned father, and the gaudily crested hoopoe evoke the locale. GraceAnne DeCandido
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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