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"A biography in rhyme relates the story of Olympic swimmer and Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini." -- publisher
An old storyteller travels the streets of Damascus with a wonder chest full of images to delight children, but as time passes, the images fade and are replaced by glossy advertisements, changing the stories.
When Yazan is no longer allowed to go to the park and play outside, he learns why his parents watch the news all day and why the streets around his house in Syria are quickly changing.
"Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbours in a long line as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes. But all Sami can think of is his pet pigeons--will they escape too? When they reach a refugee camp and are safe at last, everyone settles into the makeshift city. But though the children start to play and go to school again, Sami can't join in. When he is given paper and paint, all he can do is smear his painting with black. He can't forget his birds and what his family has left behind. One day a canary, a dove, and a rose finch fly into the camp. They flutter around Sami and settle on his outstretched arms. For Sami it is one step in a long healing process at last"--Dust jacket
"In this picture book, a young girl and her family are forced to flee their village to escape the civil war that has engulfed Syria and make their way toward freedom in Europe"--|cProvided by publisher