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A Sky-Blue Bench

It's Afghani schoolgirl Aria's first day back at school since her accident. She's excited, but she's also worried about sitting on the hard floor all day with her new prosthetic "helper-leg." And just as Aria feared, sitting on the floor is so uncomfortable that she can't think about learning at all. She knows that before the war, schools like hers had benches for students to sit at. If she had a bench, her leg would not hurt so much. The answer is obvious: she will gather materials, talk to Kaka Najar, the carpenter in the old city, and learn to build a bench for herself.

In A Sky-Blue Bench, Bahram Rahman, author of The Library Bus, returns again to the setting of his homeland to reveal the resilience and resolve of young children ― especially young girls ― who face barriers to education. Illustrator Peggy Collins imbues Aria with an infectious spunkiness and grit that make her relatable even to readers with a very different school experience. An author's note gently introduces an age-appropriate discussion of landmines and their impact on the lives of children in many nations. This is a poignant but optimistic look at the fight for education that faces so many girls around the world.

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"Though Aria’s accident is unspecified in the simple primary text, an author’s note reveals that Aria’s story, partially based on Rahman’s childhood during Afghanistan’s civil war, honors Afghan children whose lives were changed forever by unexploded ordnance.... A timely, eye-opening portrait of resilience, community, and hope." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 8
Author Bahram Rahman
Illustrator Peggy Collins
ISBN 177278222X
Publication Date Nov 30, 2021
Publisher Pajama Press
Language English