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The Shepherd's Granddaughter by Anne Laurel Carter
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May 02, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: children-s, for-school, multicultural, political, non-fic, ya
Read in April, 2010

My biggest problem with this book is really my own fault.

I don't know anything about the situation with Israel and Palestine, other than the fact that there is a conflict. But when I read this book, I could really tell I was basically being preached to and that this author had an agenda. The book tells the Palestinian side of the story, which from what I understand would be the side most Americans would never hear. That makes this book important. But I didn't like this being my first introduction to the issue. As a critically thinking adult, I can read this and think, there has to be more to it so I'm going to find something else. However the books is aimed at kids--probably upper elementary or middle school--and I'm not confident that most of them would think the same way. Let's face it, a lot of people don't use logic or any kind of critical thinking. So I wouldn't want someone to take this as the only version of events.

I did actually like the story, the writing style, and the way the events unfolded. My only complaint was the political nature of the book-- I could tell I was being manipulated and didn't like that.
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Maryc Hopefully, after you have educated yourself, and perhaps visited, you will see that this was a very tame depiction of the realities of Palestinian life under military occupation and illegal settlements. It IS in fact very one-sided. Kind of like when the Americans slaughtered and imprisoned Native Americans and stole and settled their lands.


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