What the Kite Saw

What the Kite Saw

Illustrated by: Duzakin, Akin
ages 4 to 8 / grades K to 3

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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — May 1, 2021
Specifications 32 pages | 8.5 in x 10 in
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Written By

ANNE LAUREL CARTER 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.

Illustrated by

AKIN DUKAZIN is an illustrator and author who studied industrial design in Turkey before moving to Norway where he majored in visual communication at Oslo’s National Academy of Craft and Art Industry. Since then Duzakin has illustrated fifty children’s books. He has received a number of awards for his work, including a Special Mention for the BolognaRagazzi Award for the original Norwegian edition of Why Am I Here? by Constance Ørbeck-Nilssen. He has been nominated twice for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Audience ages 4 to 8 / grades K to 3
Reading Levels Fountas & Pinnel Text Level Q
Guided Reading Q
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7

In a word, powerful. STARRED REVIEW

” —Kirkus Reviews

Simple text and vivid, emotion-filled imagery.

” —School Library Journal

[T]hought-provoking and haunting.

” —Horn Book

[A] penetrating, enduring story of not only the atrocities of war, but also the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of imagination.

” —CM Review of Materials

This is a beautiful and moving story about finding strength through creativity and imagination and offers many lessons about empathy and compassion.

” —Vancouver Writers Fest

Praise for author Anne Laurel Carter and illustrator Akin Duzakin for What the Kite Saw:

"In a word, powerful." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Simple text and vivid, emotion-filled imagery." — School Library Journal

"[T]hought-provoking and haunting." — Horn Book

"[A] penetrating, enduring story of not only the atrocities of war, but also the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of imagination." — CM Review of Materials

"This is a beautiful and moving story about finding strength through creativity and imagination and offers many lessons about empathy and compassion." — Vancouver Writers Fest

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

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