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Book Title: Sami and the Time of the Troubles|
The author of the book: Florence Parry Heide
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Edition: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: September 18th 1995
ISBN 13: 9780395720851
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 550 KB
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So I'm a young Lebanese woman who was born the year the war ended and who's been hearing about the "Time of the Troubles" her whole life. Somehow, I did not relate to this story at all. Sami does not sound like a ten-year old Lebanese boy, especially not one who is living through a war. He sounds too childish and oblivious. The redeeming feature of this book are the illustrations. They carry a much more powerful message than the text ever could and do a much better job of telling the story. In fact, I think the book could do away with the text altogether, but that is just my opinion. I will admit that the last page really got me thinking about Lebanon now, and being away from home, it really struck a cord with me. The book also does a decent job of portraying the day-to-day lives of people in Beirut, though it does this very briefly. This book was written just two years after the war ended, so it must have resonated quite differently at the time. Today, however, we need a more informative and deeper retelling of the events of the Lebanese civil war for youngsters, and even older people who know nothing about it. It is still very much a part of the previous generation's psychology, and the psychology of the whole country.
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Read information about the author"What do I like about writing for children? Everything," says Florence Parry Heide, the award-winning author of more than sixty children’s books, including the classic THE SHRINKING OF TREEHORN, illustrated by Edward Gorey. "I like the connection with children," the author says. "I like the connection with all kinds of book people. And I like the connection with my childhood self, which is the most of me. It is the most welcome and familiar of worlds. There miracles abound--indeed it is magical that something I might think of can be put into words, stories, ideas, and that those words end up in the heads of readers I will never meet."
Florence Parry Heide wrote SOME THINGS ARE SCARY, a humorous look at childhood bugaboos, more than thirty years ago. "I had finished another book and was in the mood to write something else," she says. "I decided to get some kindling from the garage, reached into the kindling box and--good grief!--grabbed something soft and mushy. I fled back to the house, scared to death." A brave return visit to the kindling box revealed the object of terror to be nothing more than a discarded wet sponge, but the thought remained: some things are scary. As she recalls, "What scared me as a child was that I’d never learn how to be a real grownup--and the fact is, I never did find out how it goes."
One thing Florence Parry Heide does have a good handle on is the concept of friendship, in all its humorous manifestations. THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR, a tongue-in-cheek tale cowritten with Sylvia Van Clief in 1967, pokes at the tendency of well-meaning friends to offer advice instead of help, and presents a valuable lesson about what true friendship means. "One of my many (true) sayings is ‘A new friend is around the corner of every single day,’ " the author declares. "Also true: Friendships last. And last."
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Florence Parry Heide worked in advertising and public relations in New York City before returning to Pittsburgh during World War II. After the war, she and her husband moved to Wisconsin, where they raised five children, two of whom have cowritten critically acclaimed books with their mother. Florence Parry Heide now lives in Wisconsin.
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