Morgan Forrest's Reviews > Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan

Nasreen's Secret School by Jeanette Winter
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Jul 06, 12

bookshelves: classroom-library

Genre: Picture Book, Multicultural Literature
Lexile: 630L
Age: Primary-Upper Elementary

Nasreen's grandmother tells us this true story that reveals the truths about life in Afghanistan during the Taliban regime. When young Nasreen's mother and father disappear, she stops speaking and basically shuts down. Because women are forbidden to go to school or leave the house without a male guardian, Nasreen is growing in a world of fear and isolation. Her grandmother decides to risk everything to send Nasreen to a secret school in their city. With the help of books, a new friend, and the love from her grandmother, Nasreen slowly begins to smile again.

This book is absolutely fantastic and would be an excellent addition to any teacher or child's library. The beginning has brief description of Afghanistan before the Taliban and how life, especially for women, was devastatingly altered under their control. This book is a real eye opener to the horrors that Afghans faced from 1996-2001. I think for children, this can show that education is a privilege that some are willing to risk their lives for.

Nasreen's Secret School is an excellent source to open children's eyes to the hardships of others.
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