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**Please note that this will work best on a color device and will appear in a horizontal format**The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the...
**Please note that this will work best on a color device and will appear in a horizontal format**The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the...
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    The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed responds to the heartbreak of the current refugee crisis with this deeply moving, beautifully illustrated short work of fiction for people of all ages, all over the world.

    "Intensely moving. . .Powerfully evocative of the plight in which displaced populations find themselves."– Kirkus, STARRED Review

    "Hosseini's story, aimed at readers of all ages, does not dwell on nightmarish fates; instead, its emotional power flows from the love of a father for his son."Publishers Weekly, STARRED BOX Review
    A short, powerful, illustrated book written by beloved novelist Khaled Hosseini in response to the current refugee crisis, Sea Prayer is composed in the form of a letter, from a father to his son, on the eve of their journey. Watching over his sleeping son, the father reflects on the dangerous sea-crossing that lies before them. It is also a vivid portrait of their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of that city's swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone.
    Impelled to write this story by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015, Hosseini hopes to pay tribute to the millions of families, like Kurdi's, who have been splintered and forced from home by war and persecution, and he will donate author proceeds from this book to the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund lifesaving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.
    Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read writers in the world, with more than fifty-five million copies of his novels sold worldwide in more than seventy countries. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

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  • Library Journal

    April 1, 2018

    Who better than Kite Runner author Hosseini to capture world attention in a work clarifying our understanding of the refugee's awful yearning and sometimes awful fate? Inspired by the heartrending image of three-year-old Syrian Alan Kurdi, found drowned on Turkey's shore in September 2015, this brief, illustrated work is presented as a letter from a father to his son, reflecting on the dangerous life they're leaving behind and the dangerous sea voyage they face.

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from July 30, 2018
    Hosseini (The Kite Runner) says he was compelled to write about the refugee crisis after seeing the photograph of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian who drowned off the coast of Turkey in 2015. Yet Hosseini’s story, aimed at readers of all ages, does not dwell on nightmarish fates; instead, its emotional power flows from the love of a father for his son. Written as a letter, the father begins slowly, recalling for his son, Marwan, the beauty of the Syrian town of Homs as it once was (“We woke in the mornings/ to the stirring of olive trees in the breeze”), then describing the war that destroyed it (“First came the protests./ Then the siege”). Now Marwan and his family sit on a beach, waiting for a boat. The father reassures Marwan: “Hold my hand./ Nothing bad will happen.” Inside, though, he is in turmoil: “These are only words... all I can think tonight is/ how deep the sea,/ and how vast, how indifferent.” In Williams’s loosely stroked ink-and-wash spreads, the corals and greens of the Syrian countryside give way to war’s gray shadows and the sea’s blue hues. Expansive views of sky and water both temper the text’s emotional build and render the figures in them small and fragile. Together, the evocative illustrations and graceful, compelling prose make it clear that Marwan and his parents have no choice but to trust the sea. Ages 7–up.

  • Kirkus

    August 15, 2018
    A poignant letter written by a fearful Syrian father to his son on the eve of a treacherous sea crossing to Europe.Commemorating the third anniversary of the death of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi, whose lifeless body, captured on camera, washed up on shore in September 2015, sparking worldwide outrage, this intensely moving story opens with the father's recollection of the family's peaceful life in Homs, Syria, before the city was turned into a deadly war zone. Writing in the first person, Hosseini successfully contrasts the father's Homs, a bustling and lively city before the war, with the one his son has known, a ravaged city marked with bombings, starvation, and burials. The contrast is rendered through Hosseini's unmatchable lyrical style--but also effectively portrayed on a graphic level through a pronounced change in Williams' palette, warm greens and ochers modulating to slate-blues and grays in the loose, affecting watercolors. The second portion of the letter is a prayer for a safe journey. It is powerfully evocative of the plight in which displaced populations find themselves, having to undertake a journey known to be unsafe--yet, for many, it is an option they cannot afford not to take. The book reads like an emotional gut-punch...an excruciating one. It is impossible to read without feeling intense compassion for those--and there are thousands--whose lives resemble those of the characters in the book.Powerful. (Picture book. 10-adult)

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  • School Library Journal

    November 1, 2018

    Short yet powerful, this beautifully illustrated work conveys a heartfelt message about the plight of displaced populations. On a moonlit beach on the eve of a perilous journey across the sea to a better life, a father cradles his sleeping son as he reflects on their life in Homs, Syria, and awaits a boat they hope will take them to safety. He recalls the city's swift transformation from a peaceful home to a deadly war zone. Written as a fictional letter from a father to his son, Marwan, this poetic story is enhanced by Williams's moving, ink-washed, watercolor art. Stunning coral/green landscapes are replaced by ominous dull gray images that represent the deterioration of Syria. The combination of text and illustrations, expressed as a prayer, evokes the father's compassion more than his fear. Although briefer than Hosseini's other works, this vivid portrait of refugees who left everything behind and endured heartache and loss is no less potent. VERDICT A poignant offering that will encourage serious conversation about the refugee crisis among readers of all ages. Pair with The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah, Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai, and A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi.-Angelina Bair, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, OH

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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