The Earth Shook by Donna Jo Napoli
A Persian Tale

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Little Parisa—Farsi for "like an angel"—goes to bed one night only to be shaken from sleep by an earthquake that rocks her home of Bam, Iran. Frightened and alone—the earthquake has left her town deserted—Parisa knocks on the doors of various animals, only to be rebuffed again and again. Boar accuses her of being a hunter; Owl blames her for taking his food and leaving him hungry. Lion just gives a ferocious roar. Left with nothing but her resolve, Parisa turns to the most natural of human instincts: She walked as a human child under the sun. She dances. She laughs. She waters neglected flowers. She shares. And one by one, her generous spirit inspires the animals around her to put aside their differences and revel in the simple delights that unite them.

Donna Jo Napoli's accomplished storytelling is beautifully complemented by Gabi Swiatkowska's dramatic oil paintings to celebrate the courage and fortitude of the human spirit.
 

About Donna Jo Napoli

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Donna Jo Napoli teaches linguistics at Swarthmore College and is the author of several novels for middle graders and young adults, including Zel, an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book, and a School Library Journal Best Book; The Magic Circle, an ALA Best Book for Young Readers; and The Prince of the Pond: Otherwise Known as De Fawg Pin. Her most recent books for Hyperion include Ugly and Mogo, the Third Warthog. Gabi Swiatkowska has illustrated several acclaimed picture books, including My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits, for which she received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published August 18, 2009 by Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Human beings are so often vilified—justifiably—that it’s refreshing to find a story that juxtaposes our species’ finer qualities with its more monstrous ones.

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