Sitti's Secrets (Aladdin Picture Books)

by Naomi Shihab Nye (Author) Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)

Sitti's Secrets (Aladdin Picture Books)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
A beautiful picture book about family and love across distance.

Mona's grandmother, her Sitti, lives in a small Palestinian village on the other side of the earth. Once, Mona went to visit her.

The couldn't speak each other's language, so they made up their own. They learned about each other's worlds, and they discovered each other's secrets. Then it was time for Mona to go back home, back to the other side of the earth. But even though there were millions of miles and millions of people between them, they remained true neighbors forever.

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Mona's narrative concludes with an explicit, heartfelt plea for peace, addressed to the President of the US; but the universal humanity that's implicit in her lyrical portrait of Sitti is more powerful still. (Picture book. 4-9)

Copyright 1994 Kirkus Reviews, LLC Used with permission

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 19, 1997
Aladdin Picture Books

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