The #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner presents an evocatively illustrated tribute to the tragic human realities of today's refugee crisis in the form of a father's letter to his young son on the eve of a dangerous journey. - (Baker & Taylor)
An illustrated response to the tragic human realities of the refugee crisis presents a father's letter to his young son on the eve of a dangerous sea crossing, as he reflects on their life before the war in Syria. - (Baker & Taylor)
The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed responds to the heartbreak of the current refugee crisis with this deeply moving, beautifully illustrated short work of fiction for people of all ages, all over the world.
"Intensely moving. . .Powerfully evocative of the plight in which displaced populations find themselves."– Kirkus, STARRED Review
"Hosseini's story, aimed at readers of all ages, does not dwell on nightmarish fates; instead, its emotional power flows from the love of a father for his son."– Publishers Weekly, STARRED BOX Review
A short, powerful, illustrated book written by beloved novelist Khaled Hosseini in response to the current refugee crisis, Sea Prayer is composed in the form of a letter, from a father to his son, on the eve of their journey. Watching over his sleeping son, the father reflects on the dangerous sea-crossing that lies before them. It is also a vivid portrait of their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of that city's swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone.
Impelled to write this story by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015, Hosseini hopes to pay tribute to the millions of families, like Kurdi's, who have been splintered and forced from home by war and persecution, and he will donate author proceeds from this book to the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund lifesaving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.
Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read writers in the world, with more than fifty-five million copies of his novels sold worldwide in more than seventy countries. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. - (Penguin Putnam)
*Starred Review* In Sea Prayer, acclaimed novelist Hosseini pays tribute to the thousands of refugees who have fled wars and taken a chance on the sea, praying it will lead them to safety. It starts as a letter from a father to his young son, Marwan, recalling happier times in Homs, Syria, before the devastation of war. His memories are replete with the romantic longings of the exiled: the rippling breeze among the olive trees, the bleating of a grandmother's goat. The father fears Marwan will not remember this idyllic beauty, for the Homs Marwan knows is a place of "skies spitting bombs. Starvation. Burials." Williams' sweeping watercolor illustrations provide dramatic visual context, mirroring the emotions of the narrative in washes of warm ocher, crisp blue, and fathomless black. Impressionistic renderings of caravans of migrants, rubble-filled cities, and the perilous ocean capture the frailty of humanity, a feeling the father knows well as he prays for protection for his son. A gold-limned sunrise on the last page suggests optimism, albeit cautiously. Hosseini's eloquent, aching story will resonate with adults and older readers who have some understanding of the current world refugee crisis. For content and artistic ingenuity, this can be paired with Stepping Stones (2016), by Margriet Ruurs. Grades 6-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
Who better than Kite Runner author Hosseini to capture world attention in a work clarifying our understanding of the refugee's awful yearning and sometimes awful fate? Inspired by the heartrending image of three-year-old Syrian Alan Kurdi, found drowned on Turkey's shore in September 2015, this brief, illustrated work is presented as a letter from a father to his son, reflecting on the dangerous life they're leaving behind and the dangerous sea voyage they face.
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