BBAW 2010 is in full swing! With today and tomorrow being the last of the "official" fun (for we know that the world of reading is ever growing), I had to share another bookish gem (as promised) with you right now that shines the book light on our shared love of reading. So, in true Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers fashion....let's get on with the show!
Post two of the day belongs to another children's book, short on words, long on illustrations, but full of meaning. Speaking right to the heart of the matter, both author and illustrator work together to create a wonderful harmony between their crafts, taking the reader along on a journey fit for all ages. Today's book of choice is....
Yasmin is a young girl with a dream, though where it begins would be hard to guess for most. Her dream has the humblest of starts....a deeply held desire to READ. Even at her young age, she understands that this basic skill can open doors, especially in her world. Each day begins and ends the same as her family struggles to make a life in the crowded streets of Bangladesh but with a little luck and perseverance from her family, the stars for which she is reaching are not so far away.
How can one not love a book that emphasizes the importance of being able to read? Honestly, it's one skill that can make or break you in so many ways. Whether utilized for work or pleasure, it's a skill, and for some (*raises hand*) a passion, that can last a lifetime. This book explores the lives of those whose quest to obtain this basic skill is harder than most. Focusing on Yasmin and her family, we watch as they struggle to find some way to maintain an adequate living environment with the goal of one day sending their girls to school so they can drink of the knowledge they have desired. Her family may be short on money but they have enough love between them to rope the moon should they desire a visit...something that hopefully we can all say at one point or another in our own lives.
So go ahead....take a walk in Yasmin's world and have your eyes opened to the wonderful privilege that you now enjoy....reading. Review copy received courtesy of Hannah Ehrlich at LEE and LOW Books. (THANKS!) For more information on their varied catalogue, visit their website or follow along on Twitter!