Written and illustrated by Palestinian artist Malak Mattar, Sitti’s Bird: A Gaza Story is a sensitive and heartwarming story of how a little girl in Gaza finds strength and hope through her discovery of painting.
Growing up in Gaza, Malak Mattar was like a lot of other children her age. She loved going to school, playing with her friends, and having fun days out with her family. One of her favorite activities was visiting her grandmother’s house every Friday, where she and her family would eat Sitti’s homemade maqlouba and visit with Sitti’s pet bird. Malak loved to help feed Sitti’s bird, but she wondered if, like the bird, their family lived in a cage. Continue reading on This Week in Palestine.
Sitti's Bird by Malak Mattar
Published by Interlink Publishing Group Incorporated on August 9, 2022
Genres: Arabic, Art, Palestine, War
Reading Level: Grade K, Grades 1-2
Review Source: This Week in Palestine
Publisher: A sensitive and heart warming story of how a little girl in Gaza finds strength and hope through her painting. Sitti's Bird is a unique children’s picture book, written and illustrated by Palestinian artist, Malak Mattar, reflecting her experiences of childhood in Palestine.
Malak is a little girl who lives in Gaza with her parents. She goes to school, plays in the ocean, and visits Sitti’s house on Fridays. One day while she is in school, bombings begin. She spends the next 50 days at home with her parents worrying and feeling scared, until one day she picks up her paintbrush. . . .
Sitti’s Bird: A Gaza Story is a unique children’s picture book, written and illustrated by Palestinian artist, Malak Mattar. Reflecting her experiences of childhood in occupied Palestine, Malak’s story brings warmth and wonder to children as it tells of her rebirth as an artist during the 2014 airstrikes on Gaza. It is the story of a young girl whose love for her family and discovery of art help her channel her fears and overcome traumas that few of us can imagine — traumas shared by countless children in Gaza and around the world.