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The Space Between Our Footsteps

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In an unparalleled collection, honored anthologist Naomi Shihab Nye brings together the work of over 120 poets and artists from nineteen countries in the Middle East. In turn compelling, lyrical, tragic, and humorous, this rich anthology opens the door to the Middle East and beckons readers to explore our common ground. The poets and artists collected in this volume range ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Feb 12, 2009 Kandace rated it it was amazing
In The Space Between Our Footsteps, renowned poet Naomi Shihab Nye has compiled an anthology of Middle Eastern poetry from over 100 poets and the paintings of 19 artists. In this compilation Nye hopes to create a better understanding of the oft misunderstood and negatively stereotyped culture of the Middle East "...which is as rich and intersting as life anywhere else (p. vii)." The compilation includes a range of subjects, such as childhood, family, homeland, grief, nature, displacement, love a ...more
Tessa 11-12
Oct 14, 2011 Tessa 11-12 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
It's little weird but it was an okay book. Some part's I just didn't understand.Other part's were just a little strange. It isn't a book I would recommend.
Cindy Benabderrahman
Apr 03, 2009 Cindy Benabderrahman rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: poets, poetry fans, people interested in middle eastern lit
Nye’s compilation of poetry from 100+ poets and paintings of 19 artists seeks to dispel the stereotypical idea that western literature has given young people of the people who live in the Middle East and of their lives there. Through this simple poetry and art, we get a full picture of the richness and diversity of life there, dispelling the stereotypical notions that all Middle Easterners live, dress, and eat the same ways, and value the same things, or that Arabs are the people who “rid
May 23, 2013 J. rated it really liked it
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I read the following poems:
"From This Star to the Other": A beautiful portrait of a hard-working father as well as the length of a laborer's day--the father is the center and the brightness of this poet's life.
"Dust": an achingly sad portrayal of loneliness written with words of elegance and simplicity. A child's imagination is her best companion and her protection.
"I Remember My Father's Hands": what stories can be told by the things hands do in everyday lives. ripping, raising,
Oct 30, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fab-40-file, poetry
1. Genre- Poetry
2. Awards- None
3. Grade Level- 5-6
4. This book compiles many different poems and paintings from the Middle East. This book can be used in the classroom to introduce students to a culture's traditions other then their own, and the importance of family. She particularly focuses on her elder relatives. To relate these poems of another culture to their own culture, I will have students write their own poems. These poems will be about an older family member. To help them get started,
Feb 02, 2010 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: underrepresented
Weaving the complexity of a culture that so greatly effects the world, this poetry collection allows the reader an inner window to the soul, passion and hurt that have influenced the region and more importantly the people of the Middle East.

A glimpse into a world that seems far away, but reaches into the very heart of our community here in the Chicagoland. An eye-opening connection to the people who make up the complex and rich culture of the Middle East. As a teacher I would have students discu
May 17, 2009 Lindsey rated it really liked it
The art and poetry throughout is beautiful, poignant, and contextual to a culture that is mostly foreign to an American audience. Nye is correct regarding the American sentiment of the Middle East and Muslims, and her attempt to ratify that, while somewhat lofty, is still admirable all the same. The poetry collected reveals something about people’s hearts, loves, dreams, hates, and fears that media cannot. Much of the writing is so fiercely honest that one can’t help but to feel drawn into the n ...more
Oct 20, 2011 Genie rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This anthology of poetry from the Middle East is one that will bring another culture into your classroom. It provides readers with the intense emotions and feelings that the writers place into their writing. Although most of the poems have been translated, one can still hear the narration and some dialogue that occurs in this literature. Some of these poems have rhythm, perhaps with the translations, while other poems are simply free verse, which allows for the writer to express his or her emoti ...more
Kassie Houston
Oct 31, 2013 Kassie Houston rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fab-40-file, poetry
Genre: Poetry
Grade: 5-6
Award(s): none

This rich anthology opens the door to the Middle East. This book can introduce students to different cultures through poetry. The main focus area of this book is family. I would want the studnets to write a poem about a family member that they admire. I would want them to look at some of the poems in the book and compare and contrast to see if people of other cultures go through the same thing that they go through. This would allow students to know that just
Mar 21, 2010 Wynnie rated it liked it
I've been reading poetry anthologies lately. One based upon the urban landscape of Singapore and this one based on the urban and rural landscape of the Middle East. Although themes such as warfare often surface in this book, there is also a more acute sense of the awe of nature and the appreciation of the little blessings in life than the general malaise and apathy of 1st world living in Singapore.
Jane Wolfe
Apr 05, 2012 Jane Wolfe rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, haunting anthology of poetry and art by and about the Middle East! Nye's collection is a voice of reason and hope for the Middle East. She presents art with the personal yet universal point of view.
Jun 14, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing
Read most of the poems within, a really nice collection and a great introduction to poems from another culture.
Dec 27, 2007 Kitty rated it really liked it
Beautiful selection by one of the most thoughtful poets I know who works indefatigably for peace. Wonderful introduction to the world of Arab poetry and art.
Beautiful poems from all over the Middle East including Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc.
Feb 10, 2008 Derrith rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book of poetry that I shared with students on many occasions.
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Naomi Shihab Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother. During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Jordan, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her B.A. in English and world religions from Trinity University. She is a novelist, poet and songwriter.

She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. She was elected a Chancellor of the Acad
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