1/25/14 ** I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in the language of this book, with the text portraying the dreams of the narrator in rapid images. The illustrations are poignant and at times surreal. On one page the background is made up of a map of Afghanistan. A small tank is drawn as if sitting on the map and a stem with a gorgeous orchid-ish flower grows from the tank.
Several reviews negatively commented that the reader wanted a book that told more of a story. I didn't miss the tight narrative arc, instead feeling that the text captured emotions and dreams.
An important book from a small press to help American readers begin to understand what life is like in places where education isn't as taken for granted, especially for girls, as it is here.