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About this book
What the Kite Saw
Anne CarterSample Chapter ↓
In this memorable story, a young boy finds solace flying his kite from the rooftop after soldiers take his father and brother away.
Without his father and brother, the young boy’s life is turned upside down. He and his family have to stay inside, along with everyone else in town. At suppertime, he can’t stop looking at the two empty places at the table and his sister can’t stop crying. The boy looks out the window and is chilled to see a tank’s spotlight searching the park where he plays with his friends. He hears shouts and gunshots and catches sight of someone running in the street — if only they could fly away, he thinks.
Each day the curfew is lifted briefly, and the boy goes to the park to see his friends. One day, inspired by the wind in the trees, he has an idea. Back at home he makes a kite, and that night he flies it from his rooftop, imagining what it can see.
In this moving story from Anne Laurel Carter, with haunting illustrations by Akin Duzakin, a young boy finds strength through his creativity and imagination.
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)
About the Author
Anne Laurel Carter has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has published over twenty books, including The Shepherd’s Granddaughter, winner of the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and the Society of School Librarians International Best Book Award. It was also named a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Book and a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Anne’s picture books include Rocky Waters, illustrated by Marianne Dumas, and Under A Prairie Sky, illustrated by Alan and Lea Daniel, winner of the Mr. Christie’s Book Award.
Awards and Praise
Praise for author Anne Laurel Carter and illustrator Marianne Dumas for Rocky Waters:
“Seasoned author Carter’s imaginative text captures the simplicity and wonder of maritime life as seen through the eyes of a child, not unlike Robert McCloskey in his classic Time of Wonder. … A charming introduction to a life that will be unfamiliar to most readers. — Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Anne Laurel Carter and The Shepherd’s Granddaughter:
“Information-packed but never didactic … Fluid writing and straightforward storytelling make this a pleasure to read … Thoughtful and engaging.” — Kirkus, starred review
“Carter strikes a splendid balance in character development … Background and cultural information are seamlessly woven into the narrative …” — School Library Journal
Praise for author Constance Ørbeck-Nilssen and illustrator Akin Duzakin for Why Am I Here?:
“An introspective book that will provoke reflection … This Norwegian import takes young readers seriously, respecting their innate sense of compassion and need to derive meaning from the seemingly inexplicable.” — Kirkus Reviews
“At once traditional and fresh, this is a poetic tale of a child imagining wide vistas far beyond her familiar world. The book’s landscape format features soft and dreamy full-page illustrations that quickly draw readers deep into the protagonist’s fantasy world.” — Special Mention of the Jury, BolognaRagazzi Award