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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Off the Shelf 0607-29

Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood
By Ibtisam Barakat
© 2007

A Palestinian refugee from the Six-Day War, the author shares her childhood experiences in a homeless and landless environment. This is a story of humanity, survival and conflict – and being caught in the middle of it! Barakat was just 3 years old when her family fled their home on foot to avoid aerial attacks. The chaos that ensued nearly ripped her from her parents, but fortunately, she was able to reunite with them after a short separation. One appreciates the security of our relatively safe environment after reading her memoirs.

Extremely inquisitive, Barakat rivals her brothers’ adventures with endeavors of her own. She seeks security in the imaginary friendship of animals and in the manipulation of alphabetic objects, with interesting results! Her story is rich with cultural views and insightful anecdotes, as well.

Barakat purposefully gives tribute to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for even having the opportunity to attend school. Interestingly, her writing style appears very natural, flowing with sophisticated descriptors and personal reflections. Though the focus is on the author’s experiences, there is considerable historical perspective to gain, as well.

My recommendation: 4 out of 5 stars
Submitted by M. Coleman, Media Specialist

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