Razia's Ray of Hope

Razia's Ray of Hope

One Girl's Dream of An Education

Board Book - 2013
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Razia dreams of getting an education, but in her small Afghan village, girls have not been allowed to attend school for many years, when a new girls' school opens in the village, Razia must convince her family to let her attend.
Publisher: Toronto, ON Kids Can Press, ©2013
ISBN: 9781554538164
1554538165
Branch Call Number: JP SUNEBY
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Additional Contributors: Verelst, Suana

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forbesrachel Jan 16, 2014

Noble in intention and beautiful in its illustrations, this tale is both a reminder of a dark reality, and a sliver of hope to its future.

Razia is a determined girl who wants to go to school. However, living where she does, does not guarantee that she will be allowed to. So it is up to her to convince her family. The book is very careful not to criticize those who oppose her going, instead it focuses on the benefits she could provide the family by having an education. Still, this is a sensitive topic, which the the author does her best to explain, even including classroom activities in the back to get children involved in the discussion.

Each image is made from mixed media; photos, drawings, and bright textures that pop right off the page, give an optimistic look to a hopeful story.

Razia is one of the lucky ones, and we delight in her victory, however there are many others who are not as fortunate, and a book like this is an excellent tool to help children here learn about their plight.

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