Sami and the Time of the Troubles

Sami and the Time of the Troubles A ten year old Lebanese boy balances his life in a war torn city

  • Title: Sami and the Time of the Troubles
  • Author: Florence Parry Heide Judith Heide Gilliland
  • ISBN: 9780395559642
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A ten year old Lebanese boy balances his life in a war torn city.

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    • Florence Parry Heide Judith Heide Gilliland

      What do I like about writing for children Everything, says Florence Parry Heide, the award winning author of than sixty children s books, including the classic THE SHRINKING OF TREEHORN, illustrated by Edward Gorey I like the connection with children, the author says I like the connection with all kinds of book people And I like the connection with my childhood self, which is the most of me It is the most welcome and familiar of worlds There miracles abound indeed it is magical that something I might think of can be put into words, stories, ideas, and that those words end up in the heads of readers I will never meet Florence Parry Heide wrote SOME THINGS ARE SCARY, a humorous look at childhood bugaboos, than thirty years ago I had finished another book and was in the mood to write something else, she says I decided to get some kindling from the garage, reached into the kindling box and good grief grabbed something soft and mushy I fled back to the house, scared to death A brave return visit to the kindling box revealed the object of terror to be nothing than a discarded wet sponge, but the thought remained some things are scary As she recalls, What scared me as a child was that I d never learn how to be a real grownup and the fact is, I never did find out how it goes One thing Florence Parry Heide does have a good handle on is the concept of friendship, in all its humorous manifestations THAT S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR, a tongue in cheek tale cowritten with Sylvia Van Clief in 1967, pokes at the tendency of well meaning friends to offer advice instead of help, and presents a valuable lesson about what true friendship means One of my many true sayings is A new friend is around the corner of every single day, the author declares Also true Friendships last And last Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Florence Parry Heide worked in advertising and public relations in New York City before returning to Pittsburgh during World War II After the war, she and her husband moved to Wisconsin, where they raised five children, two of whom have cowritten critically acclaimed books with their mother Florence Parry Heide now lives in Wisconsin.

    214 thoughts on “Sami and the Time of the Troubles

    • So I'm a young Lebanese woman who was born the year the war ended and who's been hearing about the "Time of the Troubles" her whole life. Somehow, I did not relate to this story at all. Sami does not sound like a ten-year old Lebanese boy, especially not one who is living through a war. He sounds too childish and oblivious. The redeeming feature of this book are the illustrations. They carry a much more powerful message than the text ever could and do a much better job of telling the story. In f [...]

    • Brief Summary: A ten-year-old Lebanese boy balances his life in a war-torn city. He talks about what life is like hiding in the basement, only being allowed to enter into the fresh air once in a while because of the war. This book talks about responsibility of children, and the importance of family in hard times such as these.Genre: historical fictionReading Level: This book is best for fluent readers because of the amount of text on each page. The font is small and the space between the words i [...]

    • Summary: A ten-year-old Lebanese boy balances his life in a war-torn city. He and his family live in the basement of his Uncles house, only coming out of the house to get some fresh air when the bombs are not going off. The boy's mother tries to make her family as comfortable as possible by placing treasured items on the walls of their basement, make-shift home. The children are allowed outside once in a while when it's safe and they play amongst the rubble of what there town used to be before t [...]

    • Summary: A ten-year-old Lebanese boy balances his life in a war-torn city. Him and his family live in the basement of his Uncles house and can only come out when the bombs are not going off. His mother tries to make everyone as comfortable as possible by placing treasured items on the walls of the basement. The children are allowed outside when it is safe and they play amongst the rubble that the bombs have caused. Audience:- Reading level- Transitional- Genre-Fiction- Topic- War, togetherness, [...]

    • While the watercolors are wonderfully expressive and interweave well with the story, I'm a bit ambivalent on this text. It's immensely dark and feels hopeless, two characteristics that don't meld together well in my mind for a children's picturebook. I honestly wasn't sure where this was supposed to be taking place specifically until I read the end notes, which revealed the location was Lebanon, Beirut. The mother comes across as being the third child in the family at times, and there is a lot o [...]

    • genre - fictionreading level - 1st and 2nd gradetopic and themes - how Sami and his family have to live in their basement during a war and get very little time to go outsidecurricula use - guided reading, and independent readingsocial - war, povertyliterary elements - symbolism, conflict with naturetext and pictures - the pictures add detail to the story, so much in fact that I think you could tell the story without the textSummary - Thought this was a great book about what some children actuall [...]

    • Genre- Picture bookReading Level- 2nd-4th gradeTopic and Themes- Family and how they deal with the consequences of war. WarCurricula Use- Independent readingSocial- War and how a family is affected by the war.Literary Elements- A family impacted by a war that is going on. The family has to live in the basement. They are not able to go out until it is all quiet.Text and Pictures- The text and pictures go together to tell the story.Summary- "Sami and the time of Troubles" is an excellent book to s [...]

    • Genre- Picture BookReading Level- K-4Topic and Theme- historical context, story about a family living through the violence of warCurricula Use- Read aloudLiterary elements: Setting integral to theme and plot development, illustrations serve to develop and extend plot and theme, dialogue contributes to character developmentSocial- The effects of war on civilians and their surroundingsSummary- Sami and his family live in a war torn city in the basement of their home. Sami's mother attempts to keep [...]

    • If the book was supposed to be optimistic, I didn’t pick up on that. My takeaway was a crushing sense of pessimism that all wars are the same and the only sane response from those most affected and least able to change things is to LEAVE. Of course, I say this as an American who grew up being told about immigrant ancestors whose response to war and troubles was to hitch a ride on the first boat they could catch, which, comparing my life with nightly news footage about continuing troubles in co [...]

    • Reading level- 1-3Genre-FictionTopic- Sami and his family are living during a war. Shows what daily life might be like during a war.Social- War and povertyCurricula Use-guided readingLiterary elements- symbolismText and pictures- the pictures in this story are fabulous. They help tell the story so much that it might be meaningless without them. Summary- Sami and his family are living during a war. They live in a basement and can only go outside when it is safe; which is rare. Gives a good idea a [...]

    • I cried a lot and had a hard time keeping an even voice while reading this book to my young daughter. The story had an added depth for me since we are living in a time of troubles in Egypt. The events here are not like those described in this book, not for us anyhow. But I can easily imagine that in some places in Egypt, where the violence has been bad, that there are children who feel as Sami does, and that is heartbreaking.

    • This book is one that is disappointing and sad. Although some children may not be able to relate, it is difficult to see children who can't be free to play or even go outside due to war or the fear of being injured. It is depressing and should give children the sense of thankfulness because they aren't held to such restrictions. This book teaches a good lesson and should be used in the classroom.

    • The book tells of a young boy in a war-torn country and what he is able to do on a daily basis. The book opens your eyes to how life really is for those caught up in a war.Author: Florence Heide and Judith GillilandIllustrator: Ted LewinPublisher: Clarion BooksPublication Date: 1992Audience: young children 5 - 10yrs.specific use: group readingsocial issues: how war affects a child's lifeteracy elements: determinationgenre: children's

    • I thought this book was a good example of what daily life must be like when you are growing up in a country at war. I thought the overarching message about how working for peace is more important that all else was a powerful message. The book does not try to explain how one side has been wronged, or describe inequalities between the waring nations, instead the message is about being apart of a peaceful solution.

    • After reading this book, my son said "Mommy, this was really really sad. Why would people have to hide in a basement to be safe all the time?" We talked about Lebanon, Beirut, and hope for the future with peace for people living happily in homes able to go to the beach when they like. Beautiful book which is really quite a serious one to read to children. I'd read it with Gleam and Glow by Eve Bunting, perfect partner book.

    • Sami and his family live in an unnamed war-torn country. He and his little sister, his mother and uncle and grandfather, huddle in the basement around the radio, waiting for the bombing to stop. Beautiful book to show how war affects the lives of children, told from the point of view of a boy who realizes that peace will come again one day, and he may be one of the ones who has to march for peace. Really lovely, with Lewin's beautiful art.

    • اعجبت بهذاالكتاب جدا لعدة أسباباختيار الموضوع موفق و معالجته جاءت مناسبه للأطفال ولااظن أنها كانت مهمة سهلة لحساسية الموضوع,النص مؤثر لكن الرسومات أقوى من النص, الاضاءه خياليه تعبر تماما عن جو الحروب الكئيب,الرسم الواقعي اختيار مناسب جدا,النص لم يذكر أن الاحداث كانت في بير [...]

    • 3-4th grade. I liked that this book was about African Folklore and incorporated song. The illustrations were well down and used a variety of pastels. Yet I wish the author would have brought out more fear in the main character as the pick the lions whisker. The book seemed very authentic for a multi-cultural book.

    • Genre: FictionReading Level: grade 1-3Topics & Themes: This book is set during war time. The children seek shelter in their basement when they hear the gunfire and bombs. Curricular Use:read aloud, guided readingSocial: Conflict, war, povertyLiterary Elements: symbolism, conflictText & Pictures:The pictures in this text are beautiful. They are what tell the story.

    • The illustrations and texts work well together to depict life for children in the war-torn country of Lebanon. The everyday life events and the bombing attack make this the times of the troubles for Sami and his family. The ray of hope for the future is found in the children.

    • My son and I read this book together several years ago when he was taking reading tests for school. It handled the disturbing topic of war well; it was sad and scary, but still managed to end with hope.

    • Book about the Lebanon Civil War from a young boy's point of view. Young boy spends much of his time in a basement with his family to keep safe from the fighting right outside his home. A great book with amazing pictures to help describe the tribulations of the citizens during the war.

    • How do you survive a war? How do you make sense of it as a child? as a parent? How much do you tolerate, when will you stand up for your rights?

    • Ten-year old Sami living in Lebanon portrays the trouble his family goes through to give him and his sister a 'normal' childhood amidst the war.

    • This beautiful book about the MIddle East might be more appealing to American children if the Lebanese Civil War were the background and the story focused on something they could identify with.

    • Mommy says: A child's perspective of living through the fighting in Beirut, Lebanon. The boy's father's death is mentioned (bomb), so be prepared to talk about senseless violence with your kids.

    • this book was a very good book expecially for younger childrenit shows that being in a war or anything isnt good for your country

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