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19 Varieties of Gazelle

19 Varieties of Gazelle

Fall 2002 Fiction
Ages: 12 & Up
Author: Naomi S Nye
ISBN: 0060097655
Hardcover Price: $15.95
Review:
Award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye has given us this breathtaking collection, vividly introducing readers to a Middle East most Americans don't see. In these 60 new and collected poems, Nye, an Arab-American, writes about her grandmother, whose "days are made of bread," and her father, a dreamer who longs for his own fig tree. The tapestry of people who comprise the Middle East--uncles, schoolchildren, shopkeepers--are given a voice here, as are those who can no longer speak. Nye includes difficult topics such as the violent deaths of very young Israelis and Palestinians. The images are intense, but Nye nevertheless infuses a spirit of hope, and in conceiving of these poems as children's literature she looks to the next generation for solutions.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2002 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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