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Nasreen's Secret School by Jeanette Winter
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Oct 21, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: realistic-fiction
Read in October, 2010

"Nasreen's Secret School" is based on a true story about a girl in pre-wear Afghanistan, whose parents disappeared due to the unjust action of some the Taliban government. Because of the immense loss, Nasreen stopped talking and shut herself out from the world. Her worried and caring grandmother decided to send Nasreen to a secret school for girls behind the green gate. She wanted her to experience and learn about other worlds. This book goes into Nasreen's journey at school and her eventual emergence back to the "older" but now wiser Nasreen.
This picture book is an excellent heart-tugging read for the primary level grades. Readers are immediately saddened by Nasreen and her grandmother's loss as well as the fear they all live in. The grandmother's love for Nasreen and her eventual happiness at school are heart warming as well. The watercolor pictures are fabulous--they are small but the brushstrokes are so vivid that every detail comes to life. Also, Nasreen's religion and culture are not depicted in stereotypical ways. Readers are exposed to the strict and unfair laws of the Taliban government but there is no judgement passed on her religion/culture. The illustrator paints each moment in a "window frame" because the secret school opens up Nasreen's eyes to the different "windows" in the world. This picture book emphasizes the value of love and education.
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Ruth I appreciated your discussion of the illustrations in this review.


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