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Nadia the Willful

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A young sister defies her father to remember a brother lost in the deserts of the Far East. Grades 2-4.
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Published September 8th 1992 by Dragonfly Books (first published 1983)
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This fictional narrative takes place in a far eastern desert. Nadia's brother becomes lost in the desert and her father demands that no one speak of him again. Nadia learns that she remembers him better when she tells the stories that she remembers about him. She defies her father. Others are grateful for her defiance and begin to speak of him too.

As a teacher, this book would be a great starting place to facilitate a discussion on grief or loss. Although the illustrations are all black and whit
Christine Singh
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This short story helped my students connect with the Bedouin culture, and it helped them understand that even small contributions can have significant impacts on a society.
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A surprisingly good early reader book about grief. We both enjoyed all aspects of the story.
Shea Darian
Nov 10, 2010 Shea Darian rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read on processing the grief of a siblings death. Nadia guides her father to find healing after her brother's death. A must-read!
Feb 06, 2008 Sophie rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books as a child. Now one of the few I saved, and bring with me.
Jun 09, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
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The best book I can think of on grieving the loss of a loved one.
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At an early age Sue Alexander learned to attract other children’s interest and approval by telling stories. Her passion for storytelling and her understanding of the emotional ups and downs of childhood have led her to write twenty-six books for children to date, notable for their appeal and variety. Alexander is also important for her pivotal role in the growth of an extraordinary international o ...more
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