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Ziba Came on a Boat Hardcover – September 30, 2007
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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
From the Publisher
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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Top customer reviews
Ziba was on a boat with her mother. Ziba was imagining her and her cousins playing with cold water, splashing, and laughing. Ziba helps her aunties cook flatbread and remembers her father telling her about the past. There was a war, it was really bad. Does Ziba ever make it to America?
The author wrote this book because it shows kids about freedom.
I would recommend this book to someone because it is a book that shows freedom is good for people.
My favorite part about the book is that Ziba's dad told her stories.
This is a good book. I hope you read it.
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.
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.