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Nasreen's Secret School by Jeanette Winter
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Nov 09, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: pb-different-culture
Read in November, 2009

Reading level: 2-5

Winter tells an amazing account of a Afghanistan girl. The pictures in the story are made to look almost like paintings that you would find in a museum. Rather than showing a lot of action, it's as if the author took a piece out of the story, froze it, and created an in-depth painting about it. The pictures aren't extremly obvious as far as what they are,they are open for a lot of discussion, espeically for the higher grades. Some of the pictures do involve guns and things of that nature, but you have to remember that this is a true account. The text in the story is very simply written. All of the text is centered on the pages and is located directly under a painting on each page. It's interesting because the book is written to tell a story, but also to inform and tell factual information. Rather than written in a different font or in a funny way, the text is very formal because the story is that of a struggle. The kid appeal to this story would really depend on the area of study and time it was introduced. I think that it's something that may not be a book a child would choose, but it would be something that they would enjoy with a more in-depth study. It's a very effective book about a real life situation. I liked how it was formal, but the information was also presented in a way that was appealing and inviting to young readers.

Content Connections:
Language Arts and Social Studies

I would definatly read this story as a read aloud because I believe that there would be a lot of questions that would deserve a good answer. This could go hand in hand with a social studies unit about the Middle East and would easily connect the children because it was written about a child their age.
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