The Flag of Childhood: Poems From the Middle East
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The Flag of Childhood: Poems From the Middle East

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In this stirring anthology of sixty poems from the Middle East, honored anthologist Naomi Shihab Nye welcomes us to this lush, vivid world and beckons us to explore. Eloquent pieces from Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, and elsewhere open windows into the hearts and souls of people we usually meet only on the nightly news. What we see when we look through these windows is t...more
ebook, 112 pages
Published June 30th 2008 by Aladdin (first published February 1st 2002)
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Aug 16, 2008 Dusty rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dusty by: Kelsey Hixenbaugh
Shelves: read-in-2008
My expectations for this book were low; the title led me to the precipitate conclusion that the poems in this anthology were written by children of the Middle East. As it is, this is a collection of five dozen or so poems written by adults about childhood in the Middle East. A handful of these I adored -- particularly Abu-L-Qasim al-Shabbi's "Strange Tale". But most of the pieces in this anthology I found plain and in many cases too reliant on cliched images like birds and tears. I picked up thi...more
Carie Juettner
There were only a few poems that stood out to me in this anthology, but the ones that did weighed heavily on me for days. Here’s one:

White Jacket
-- Yehudit Kafri
Translated by Lami

The white-wool knit jacket
With a decorative pin
Which my grandpa and grandma sent me from Kovel
When I was two
And it was sent to the communal storeroom
And I never wore it, not even once,
My God
Grandma and Grandpa were murdered there
A whole Jewry destroyed
And I searched throughout my life
For a white-wool knit jacket
Which m...more
Genre: Poems
Illustrator: Debra Sfetsios
Date of Publication: 1998

Reading Level: ages 8-12
Theme:Middle east poetry

Curicula use: teaches children about how the middle eastern culture feels about things within their culture.
Social Issues: culture change

Text & Pictures: This book only contains poems no pictures. However, the cover does a great job luring you into wanting to read the book.

extras: This book is excellent. There are tons of poetry, and the best thing about this is that you really h...more
An excellent introduction to a variety of poets from the Middle East! Although meant as a collection for children and young adults, I think even adult readers will gain something for these poems. I appreciated the biographic information about each contributor at the back of the book. I was most excited to read poems by Hamza El Din and Nathalie Handal - and I could totally relate to the poem by Egyptian Pauline Kaldas. Not only would this collection of poems enlighten American students about lif...more
Melody Kephart
Illustrator: Debra Sfetsios
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
Date of Publication: 1998

Genre: Poetry, Cultural
Reading Level: ages 9-12
Theme: Poetry, Middle East Culture

Curicula use: teach children the Middle Eastern culture
teach children to value the art of poetry
Social Issues: Culture

Text & Pictures: This is a book filled with poems. There are no illustrations to match the text aside from the cover.
Summary: A collection of poetry. The author takes poetry from children of the Middle Eastern cultu...more
Originall printed in a beautiful full color edition under the title The Space Between Our Footsteps-- this collection of poetry from the Middle East is astounding -- painful, beautiful, simple, and profound. It's a fabulous read for readers of al ages.
In this anthology of 60 poems, Shihab shares a glimpse into the hearts and lives of the people of the Middle East. We learn about the things we share including childhood.
sara ahmed
excellent collection, very short and has some familiar poets like suheir hammad and mahmmoud darwish (all beautifully translated)
I personally enjoyed many of these poems, but probably best for my older kids than my fifth graders.
I particularly like the poems by Hamza el Din
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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...more
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