Razia's ray of hope : one girl's dream of an education (CitizenKid) (#0570YK2)

by Suneby, Elizabeth; illustrated by Verelst, Suana

6 reviews & awards | 4 full-text reviews

Hardcover Kids Can Press, 2013
Price: USD 17.62
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm.
Dewey: -Fic-; Audience: Upper Elementary; Reading Level: 4.1
AR 4.1 MG .5 161632EN; LEX 680L
From the publisher: Grades 3-7; Ages 8-12
From Booklist: Grades 3-5; Kirkus: Ages 8-11; SLJ: Gr 3-5


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CitzenKid is a collection of books that informs children about the world and inspires them to be better global citizens. The collection aims to make complex global issues accessible for children ages 8 to 12, and covers topics such as water conservation, biodiversity, food security, micro lending, citizenship, global awareness and more. Each book provides information and resources to inspire children to make a difference, both locally and globally.

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Product Overview
From Follett

Razia, a girl in Afghanistan, wants to attend Razia Jan's girls' school the Zabuli Education Center for Girls, but first she must get her father and brother's permission.

From the Publisher
Razia is excited when her grandfather tells her there's a school for girls being built in their Afghan village. At last, girls will have the same opportunity to be educated as boys. ?Every night I fell asleep dreaming about going to school like my brothers, ? she says. Her grandfather wants Razia to enroll in the school. He remembers a time, before the wars and the Taliban, when educated women in Afghanistan became doctors, government workers and journalists, and how this made families and the country stronger. Razia knows, however, that she will need permission from her father and her oldest brother, Aziz, in order to be allowed to attend the school. She begs her grandfather, ?Please, Baba gi, ask Baba and Aziz if I may go. I must go.' But will her grandfather's words be enough to convince the younger men of the value of an education for Razia? Inspired by real-life Razia Jan's experiences when she built the Zabuli Education Center outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, author Elizabeth Suneby uses a fictionalized story to deftly personalize the plight of many children around the world who are not being educated. The layered, mixed-media illustrations by Suana Verelst add contextual details about life in an Afghan village. This book works perfectly for a social studies lesson on global cultures. Extra resources include an overview of children worldwide who do not attend school, the story of the real Razia Jan, a glossary of Dari words found in the text and activity suggestions

Product Details
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Series: CitizenKid
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm.
  • Tracings: Verelst, Suana, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-55453-816-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-55453-816-4
  • Follett Number: 0570YK2
  • Reading Level: 4.1
  • Audience: Upper Elementary
  • Grades: 3-7
  • Ages: 8-12
  • Booklist: Grades 3-5
  • Kirkus: Ages 8-11
  • School Library Journal: Gr 3-5
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.1
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 161632EN
  • Lexile: 680L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 09/15/13
  • Christian Library Journal, 01/01/15
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/14
  • Kirkus Reviews, 08/01/13
  • Resource Links, 12/01/13
  • School Library Journal, 09/01/13

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (September 15, 2013 (Vol. 110, No. 2))
Grades 3-5. Inspired by the true story of Razia Jan, an Afghani American woman who has devoted her life to advancing the education of Afghani girls, this follows a fictionalized Razia as she begs the men in her family to be allowed to attend the new school for girls being built in her village. Even a supportive grandfather cannot sway the steadfast refusal of the patriarchy, so it is only by chance that her dream comes true. Razia’s yearning for school is described in rich, context-specific language: “They painted the door red, as bright as the flames of the tandoor.” Verelst’s mixed-media illustrations feel fresh and modern while remaining true to the rural environment, combining crisp, detailed pencil renderings with digital reproductions of traditional Afghani fabrics and photographs, situating Razia’s story firmly in the sun-bleached, rocky terrain of rural Afghanistan. The back matter includes a list of classroom-friendly activities that should help teachers encourage readers to appreciate the literary, artistic, and historical elements of this book.

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