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Listen to the Wind by Greg Mortenson
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Oct 06, 13

bookshelves: for-younger-elementary-kids, picture-book, timely
Read in August, 2009

Disappointing. The folks who put together this book missed a real opportunity. Bleh storytelling. The writing does nothing to convey to kids the conditions under which Korphe children tried to go to school, or the isolation in which they lived. The amount of effort the entire community put in to make the school happen does not come through. They also completely left out the efforts of American schoolchildren to raise funds for this and other Pakistan school projects, and contact information for Pennies for Peace & CAI is relegated to a photo caption, like an afterthought. American kid readers are left thinking 'so?' and there is no encouragement for them to take action of their own. This book will probably get purchased for a lot of libraries b/c it's such a hot topic, but it'll get weeded, too. Too bad.
Oh yeah, and the illustrations, while "interesting," some are photographed and reproduced sooooo small that there is no hope of children in a storytime setting figuring out what they are supposed to represent. You have to have your face right up in the book.
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