Written & Illustrated by NADINE KAADAN
Yazan no longer goes to the park to play, and he no longer sees his friend who lives next door. Everything around him is changing. His parents sit in front of the television with the news turned up LOUD and Yazan’s little red bike leans forgotten against the wall. Will he ever be able to go outside and play? An uplifting story about a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict, and the strength of family love.
A USBBY OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL BOOK
Middle East Book Award Honourable Mention
Little Rebels Award shortlist
'Tomorrow is a story about how together we can build a better world' – Babel Babies
'Kaadan’s artwork is stunning. Capturing mood so brilliantly she conveys her characters’ emotions through every paint stroke' – My Book Corner
'The book will delight young children – there are bicycles and paper planes and annoying parents. But the impact of the war is what stays with you, the broken buildings, the falling debris, the worried faces. It is a radical, courageous thing for Kaadan to have created' – The National
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At a time when we need to talk to our students about real-life events, when we have to address the conditions that other kids have to endure, this book by Syrian children's author Nadine Kaadan is an important resource for my class library. This story can serve to discuss how war causes families to flee their home and country, becoming refugees. Thank you Nadine & Lantana Publishing.
A great book for younger children. It's really clever how Kaadan has taken such a serious issue and created story around a situation that a child who has never experienced war can understand. My 4-year-old daughter has no concept of war yet is able to empathise with the fact that Yazan cannot go to the park and how frustrating that must be for him. Her comments: The shadows on the floor look like bad news. Someone's broked (sic) the houses. It's sad that Yazan can't go outside. My 8-year-old son had these words: It's important for children like me to read this book. It tells you what life is like in Syria.
This book does an incredible job of making a very serious subject relatable for a young audience. My son, though very young, manages to empathise with the main character in being upset about, and not understanding, the world changing around him. He too, now, wants to paint on the walls of his room with his mum. Great storytelling and beautiful artwork to convey the emotions of the family affected.