A Sky-Blue Bench
A Sky-Blue Bench
Illustrated by Peggy Collins
Picture Book for Ages 5–8
List Price: $22.95 CAD / $18.95 USD
Hardcover with dust jacket
Trim size: 9 x 10 inches / 22.86 x 25.4 cm
Publication Date: November 30, 2021
Distributed in the US by Ingram Publisher Services
Rights Available: World ex. North America
It’s Afghani schoolgirl Aria’s first day back at school since her accident. She’s excited, but she’s also worried about sitting on the hard floor all day with her new prosthetic “helper-leg.”
Just as Aria feared, sitting on the floor is so uncomfortable that she can’t think about learning at all. She knows that before the war changed many things in Afghanistan, schools like hers had benches for students to sit at. If she had a bench, her leg would not hurt so much. The answer is obvious: she will gather materials, talk to Kaka Najar, the carpenter in the old city, and learn to build a bench for herself.
In A Sky-Blue Bench, Bahram Rahman, author of The Library Bus, returns again to the setting of his homeland, Afghanistan, to reveal the resilience and resolve of young children—especially young girls—who face barriers to education. Illustrator Peggy Collins imbues Aria with an infectious spunkiness and grit that make her relatable even to readers with a very different school experience. An author’s note gently introduces an age-appropriate discussion of landmines and their impact on the lives of children in many nations, especially Afghanistan, which has the highest concentration of landmines of any country in the world.
“A timely, eye-opening portrait of resilience, community, and hope.”—Kirkus Reviews **Starred Review**
“[A] heartwarming story about a resilient young girl who faces a barrier to her education.”—Quill & Quire