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Nasreen's Secret School by Jeanette Winter
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Apr 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-alouds

I read this book to my class last week. I showed them a map of Afghanistan where the story takes place. This is a story where a grandmother tries to help her granddaughter find her voice by taking her to a secret school. It is the time when the Taliban rule Afghanistan and don't allow girls or women to become educated, to work outside the home or even to leave home without a male escort. Although the text is simple the vocabulary is rich. The text and the illustrations create a mood of darkness and fear. My students loved the book and it was a catalyst for lively discussions.

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