The Roses in My Carpets

For a young refugee living with loss and terror filled memories, time is measured by the next bucket of water, the next portion of bread, and the next call to prayer Here, where everything walls, floor, courtyard is mud, a boy s heart can still long for freedom, independence, and safety And here, where life is terribly fragile, the strength to endure grows out of neeFor a young refugee living with loss and terror filled memories, time is measured by the next bucket of water, the next portion of bread, and the next call to prayer Here, where everything walls, floor, courtyard is mud, a boy s heart can still long for freedom, independence, and safety And here, where life is terribly fragile, the strength to endure grows out of need But the strength to dreams comes from within.
The Roses in My Carpets For a young refugee living with loss and terror filled memories time is measured by the next bucket of water the next portion of bread and the next call to prayer Here where everything walls floo

  • Title: The Roses in My Carpets
  • Author: Rukhsana Khan Ronald Himler
  • ISBN: 9781550050691
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. I've been reading a lot of picture books about refugees. This one felt almost TOO horrifying for young children- from the nightmares to the father's death to the sister getting hit by a car-- I realize these are realities for many children, but something about the blunt style made it a bit jarring to even me. I also have a little bit of trouble with the joy in the protagonist's life being connected to his financial "sponsor" ("Someone far away makes my training possible. I am a sponsored child. [...]

    2. The illustrations make it seem dated but the story is still extremely relevant. It's an important book about one boy's experience as a refugee from Afghanistan. I'll be sharing it with my daughter when she's a little older than her current 6 years.

    3. I really don’t know what to make of this book. I actually went and looked up the suggested age range for this book and it’s 5 to 8. The story length and the fact that it’s a picture book certainly seem to make it geared to early elementary school children. However, this is a book about the real ramifications of a real war in Afghanistan, and the concepts seem to be those best presented to older children and adults. I wouldn’t think (at least an American) five or six year old would be tha [...]

    4. This is a beautiful book, which I purchased for a friend who is a third grade teacher. I loved the cover art and when I received the book, I thought everything about it was wonderfully done. The story is just right--not too long and not too short, neither too mild nor too grim. For those who say that this story is too harsh for eight years olds, I ask, how will children in safe environments understand what other children, from war-torn countries, have gone through. While it is a wonderful thing [...]

    5. There are some story components that could be distressing for primary students; the father, an innocent farmer, killed in the war; innocent family forced to live in a refugee camp; school-aged boy forced to work to support his family. Even intermediate or middle school students might have a hard time, especially if they are from that part of the world (Middle East, Afghanistan). Many of my students are. The theme is uplifting though; a young boy (exact age unknown)works to support his family whe [...]

    6. Tentang Kareem, penenun karpet. Sejak ayahnya tewas di Afghanistan, Kareem harus menggantikan posisi ayahnya tersebut, menjadi pelindung bagi ibu dan adiknya. Ia pun membawa ibu dan adiknya ke kamp pengungsi di Peshawar. Kareem dituntut menjadi dewasa. Dia harus menjadi laki-laki yang tak punya rasa takut seperti ayahnya. Bunga-bunga di karpet yang ia tenun lah yang memberi warna lain dalam hidupnya.

    7. This book is about a family who lives in a refugee camp with bombings and tragedy. It also has death in it and maturing from a boy to a young, responsible adult. This is a sad book, but it explains the way this type of family lives. It may be helpful in history class about cultures, war, and refugees.

    8. A picture book that tells a thought provoking story about a young refugee's life: he weaves carpets in the afternoon, goes to school in the morning, looks out for his more and younger sister - father is dead. The beautiful parts are his description of how he escapes from the harsh reality while weaving carpets.

    9. This was a sad book for me to read. I probably wouldn't read this to my classroom unless they were older. This is a book i would keep on a shelf for students to look at. The struggle is real when you are a refugee. For these children struggle to have adequate water a food supply is minimal.

    10. This story tells the hardship of a boy. The pain he goes through everyday to live. I think this would work well for older kids.

    11. Absolutely WONDERFUL!! This book is especially helpful to build bridges between cultures. This is a great read, uplifting, and incredibly beautiful!

    12. I would use this story for students who may have experienced moving and relocating. It can also be used as an opener for writing feelings and experiences into a story.

    13. I read this with the 7/8s and I think they enjoyed it. I would definitely read it again with that grade and possibly a little younger. No younger than grade 4 for sure.

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