Tasting the Sky by Ibtisam Barakat
A Palestinian Childhood

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews



Winner, Arab American National Museum Book Award for Children's/YA Literature, among other awards and honors. “When a war ends it does not go away,” my mother says.“It hides inside us . . . Just forget!”
            But I do not want to do what Mother says . . . I want to remember.
In this groundbreaking memoir set in Ramallah during the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War, Ibtisam Barakat captures what it is like to be a child whose world is shattered by war. With candor and courage, she stitches together memories of her childhood: fear and confusion as bombs explode near her home and she is separated from her family; the harshness of
life as a Palestinian refugee; her unexpected joy when she discovers Alef, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. This is the beginning of her passionate connection to words, and as language becomes her refuge, allowing her to piece together the fragments of her world, it becomes her true home.
Transcending the particulars of politics, this illuminating and timely book provides a telling glimpse into a little-known culture that has become an increasingly important part of the puzzle of world peace.

About Ibtisam Barakat

See more books from this Author
IBTISAM BARAKAT is a poet and educator who has worked with organizations such as the United Nations to facilitate a dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis. This is her first book. She currently lives in Columbia, Missouri.
Published February 20, 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 193 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, War. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Tasting the Sky

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

It's the first night of the 1967 Six-Day War between Israel and Arab countries.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Tasting the Sky: A Palestinia...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

This rare and timely memoir tracks Barakat's amazing story of survival, largely through her belief in the power of words to heal: "Stories may inspire us to join hearts and minds so that, w

Apr 02 2007 | Read Full Review of Tasting the Sky: A Palestinia...

Reader Rating for Tasting the Sky

An aggregated and normalized score based on 44 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review