Monday, July 9, 2012

The Space Between Our Footsteps, by Naomi Shihab Nye

The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings from the Middle East
by Naomi Shihab Nye
144 pages. Ages 12-14.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998
ISBN 9780689812330

This is a compilation of work of 100 poets and artists from 19 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, collectively introducing the world to Middle Eastern cultures and regions.

The cultures and regions of the Middle East and North Africa are presented through universal topics of love, family, school, war, nature, home, childhood and so forth – subjects a child can relate to and identify with. Students may develop greater willingness to recognize similarities and differences between the Middle Eastern and North African cultures and their own because of these shared concerns. Young adults seek sources that they can identify with; The Space Between Our Footsteps offers such a resource. This book will allow instructors and students to explore themes of the Middle East, North Africa, Middle Eastern regions and customs, North African regions and customs, and an assortment of artwork. 

No author’s websiteIllustrator’s media: oil paint, oil pastel, colored pencil, collage

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