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Sitti's Secrets

av Naomi Shihab Nye

Andra författare: Nancy Carpenter (Illustratör)

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A young girl describes a visit to see her grandmother in a Palestinian village on the West Bank.
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This story's main idea was about family and togetherness. Mona's grandmother lived all the way across the world and she had never met her before, but as soon as she met her she learned about her culture and loved her grandmother anyway. I think it is an important lesson for students to learn, that just because someone is different, does not make them any better or worse. My favorite part of this book is towards the end Mona writes a letter to the President of the United States where she discusses how if everyone could meet her Sitta, they would all love her. I think this is a very powerful part as it shows the innocence of a child trying to explain that just because her grandmother looks a certain way, doesn't make her an enemy. ( )
  DanGorman | Apr 1, 2018 |
I thought this was a beautifully written and illustrated book, and I liked it a lot. The illustrations brought the characters to life and made imagining them in real life and their experiences easy. The book was written in first person from the perspective of Nona the main character in the book who goes to visit her grandma (Sitti) in Palestine. The author does a good job of comparing and contrasting Palestine and the United States along with Nona's daily life and Sitti's daily life. The language in this book was very smooth and easy to follow making it a good choice for any student to read or have it be read to them by an adult or older kid. I think the main message in this book is that distance can not eliminate the love that someone has for someone else and that even across the world people are still people and we're all the same on the inside. This was a beautiful story and I think it's a good way for children to learn about a different culture in a different part of the world. ( )
  mkatri1 | Dec 8, 2015 |
I liked this book for many different reasons. The characters of this book were very believable and well-developed. The little girl was made to be adventurous and loving towards her family. The little girl’s grandmother, Sitti is shown to be the grandmother who took care of her grandchildren and established many traditions in the family. For example, Sitti always took the laundry down at night to see the woman carrying water on their heads. Sitti explained to the young girl that she once had to carry water from the river on her head. The illustrations of this story were beautifully drawn. The illustrator captured the setting and many details in the story. She also used a lot of color. This make the story entertaining to read. This Contemporary Realistic Fiction story provided hope and had many believable events. Many children have family that are across the country and do not get to visit their relatives often. I would definitely share this book in my future classroom.
  katiebanaszak | Oct 28, 2015 |
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Sitti's Secret". The book describes a young American born girl and her visit to see her Arabic grandmother. The writer did a great job helping the reader to connect to the story by making references specific to the Arabic culture during the visit. For example, the story include the names of the child's cousins, Fowzi, Sami, Hami, and Hendia. These are not names familiar to my culture, so they presented new information while reading. The story also describes the families snack as lentils, and mish-mish. Lentils are a familiar term for me, but mish-mish (almonds and apricots) is not. The author graciously translated unfamiliar words and phrases. The illustrations help the reader better connect to the characters. For example, when Sitti describes brushing her grandmothers striped hair, the photo shows grandmothers gray and black tresses being brushed by her granddaughter creating a clear picture for the reader. The central message of the story is that not all families live in close proximity, but the love is still unconditional. ( )
  ShinekaGeorgie | Oct 5, 2015 |
I really enjoyed reading this book and the information of Middle-Eastern culture that it provided. The illustrations were a huge part of the book. One of the first pages has the girl saying, "...Grandmother lives on the other side of the Earth," and the whole picture on the page is shadowed by a map of the globe. Another illustration shows the girl saying, "Her voice danced as high as the whistles of birds," and then the Grandmother having speech come from her mouth turning into birds. These illustrations make the book more interesting to read and adds an element of depth. The Point of View (POV) of the book is from the girl. She explains the activities that she and her grandmother do without speaking to each other. The girl say's, "Sitti pointed at my stomach to ask if I was hungry. I pointed to the door to ask if she wanted to go outside," this shows the girl's POV in how she communicates with someone that is dear to her and a member of her family. The message of this book is that language consists of a variety of methods for communication and that people don't always need words to communicate. This is conveyed through the girl and her grandmother communicating throughout the story without speaking actual words. ( )
  tpuryear | Sep 28, 2015 |
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