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  • Under the Persimmon Tree
  • Suzanne Fisher Staples
  • English
  • 15 September 2018
  • 9780312377762
Under the Persimmon Tree

characters Under the Persimmon Tree Suzanne Fisher Staples Ü 5 Summary Read & Download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ü Suzanne Fisher Staples R Afghan doctor husband runs a clinic in Mazar i Sharif Afghanistan Najmah's father had always assured her that the stars would take care of her just as Nusrat's husband had promised that they would tell Nusrat where he was and that he was safe As the two look to the skies for answers their fates entwine Najmah seeking refuge and hoping to find her father and brother begins the perilous jou I loved Staples book Shabanu but was disappointed in this one It is set in Afghanistan and Pakistan during 2001 2002 and is the story of a a girl and a young woman The woman converts to Islam marries an Afghan doctor and moves to Peshawar where she runs a refugee school and he goes off to run a clinic in northern Afghanistan The girl lives in rural Afghanistan and her family is killedconscripted and she ends up at the school in Peshawar So much of this story is unlikely and feels artificial The refugee school has 6 students there were thousands and thousands of refugees The woman chooses to put all her energy into the young girl when there is a woman in the school with who wanted to teach Afghan children why ignore her The wealth and class of the young woman compared withher students and the other refugees is irritating and made me angry The young woman s conversion to Islam seemed trite although there is a bit of information about Islam that would be good for discussion pretty thin though compared with ShabanuMay be worth reading since so little is available for young people about women and Islam and the middle east

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characters Under the Persimmon Tree Suzanne Fisher Staples Ü 5 Summary Read & Download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ü Suzanne Fisher Staples Rney through the mountains to cross the border into Pakistan And Nusrat's persimmon tree school awaits Najmah's arrival Together they both seek their way homeKnown for her award winning fiction set in South Asia Suzanne Fisher Staples revisits that part of the world in this beautifully written heartrending novel Under the Persimmon Tree is a 2006 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Under the Persimmon Tree is about Najmah a girl of about eleven who watches the Talaban kidnap her father and brother and later her mother and baby brother are killed in an air raid At the same time the story of Nusrat originally named Elaine who is a blonde white girl from New York who met and married Faiz a doctor from Afghanistan Faiz hearing about the war in Afghanistan feels he must return home and help his people Nusrat returns with him and teaches school at a refugee camp in Peshawar Pakistan In alternating chapters these stories are told Najmah s story of traveling toward Peshawar and Nusrat s story of worrying about her husband who is helping his people in Mazar i Sharif Afghanistan and teaching the refugee children There is much discussion of the political climate in Afghanistan during this periodThis book is appropriate for grades 7 12 It could be read and discussed in discussions about the Middle East and Afghanistan in particular

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characters Under the Persimmon Tree Suzanne Fisher Staples Ü 5 Summary Read & Download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ü Suzanne Fisher Staples Najmah a young Afghan girl whose name means star suddenly finds herself alone when her father and older brother are conscripted by the Taliban and her mother and newborn brother are killed in an air raid An American woman Elaine whose Islamic name is Nusrat is also on her own She waits out the war in Peshawar Pakistan teaching refugee children under the persimmon tree in her garden while he Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples is a significant book to read to help promote a global society Due to the war in the Middle East and much of the media coverage done on it there has been a great misconception created about Islam and the majority of Muslims News and media has a tendency to focus only on the very worst Media can even exaggerate news in order to suit a specific agenda Due to this unfortunately many Muslims and middle easterners have been misrepresented Under the Persimmon Tree breaks down many of these fa ades with which so many middle easterners and Muslims have been wrongfully disguised by Under the Persimmon Tree has inclusion of minorities for a purpose One of the main characters Nusrat is a minority Nusrat s birth name is Elaine a name given by her parents who still live in Watershed New York Nusrat is Elaine s Islam name given to her by her husband from Afghanistan Faiz Nusrat translates to help in Islam Nusrat met her husband while getting her masters at Columbia and teaching in Manhattan Faiz a doctor in New York becomes distraught by the turmoil and disruption being caused by the Taliban and knows he must go home to Afghanistan to help Nusrat not wanting to stay without her husband and also desperate to help in any way possible accompanies Faiz to Peshawar Pakistan where his family is seeking refuge in the affluent University Town district Nusrat chooses to live closer to the refugee camp so that she can help even though it is dangerous than living with Faiz s family At their home in Peshawar Elaine provides schooling for children at the refugee camp in Peshawar During this time Faiz has gone across the border all the way to North Afghanistan to run a clinic for the mujahedeen Afghans fighting against the Taliban in Mazar i sharif It is much dangerous in Mazar i sharif and Nusrat worries somberly for her beloved husband Under the Persimmon Tree does exceptional work of using uniue language Fisher Staples uses Dari in her work and often Dari is a language very similar to the Persian spoken in Iran Many languages have influenced Dari including Arabic Hindi Urdu and English Many of these words are also used in India Pakistan and other countries of the Middle East The Dari flows off the page in a way that the reader can likely figure out what the word means without having to look it up However if they do there is a glossary provided in the back of the book Below is a list of some of the most commonly used words in the book and their English translations Baba father Mullah a spiritual leader Naan unleavened bread baked in a mud oven Pattu woolen shawl worn by mean and women Saheba term of respectAccording to Tunnel et al multicultural books should Present a positive and reassuring representation of a reader s own cultural group Tunnel et al 193 Under the Persimmon Tree definitely has had a profound effect on me As a Christian there was a part at the end of the book that was very meaningful to me One morning Nusrat and Najmah are drinking tea when Nusrat tells Najmah that God will help them find out about her father and brother At this Najmah asks her What is the difference between Allah and the God of her childhood Nusrat replies They are the same I don t believe God cares by which language we name him I thought this was profound because I have often struggled with the same thought but have never been able to put it into words Tunnel et al also states that multicultural books should Foster awareness understanding and appreciation of people who seem at first glance different from the reader I have learned a lot about the Middle East and Muslims after reading Under the Persimmon Tree Due to the war in the Middle East 911 and much of the media coverage done on it there has been a great misconception created about Islam and the majority of Muslims News and media has a tendency to focus only on the very worst Media can even exaggerate news in order to suit a specific agenda Due to the fact that media only focuses on the Muslim fundamentalists or extremists much of the western world has been guilty of generalizing all Muslims in that negative light Under the Persimmon Tree has taught me so much about the Muslims who are staying to fight for their country their family and their tradition Under the Persimmon Tree is a very appealing in format It is a mostly picture less chapter book The one picture on the inside of the book is of a map of Afghanistan Pakistan and surrounding areas This map is located at the beginning of the book and I found it to be very helpful Under the Persimmon Tree talks about many different towns in Afghanistan and Pakistan especially when Najmah was traveling from her home village of Golestan in the Kunduz province The map served as a very visual representation to better understand how far Najmah traveled and how far away Nusrat s husband Faiz was One of my favorite things about this book is the glossary in the back This could be a great tool to use for the classroom The illustration on the cover of the book was not very meaningful to me until after reading it On the front there is a woman holding a persimmon gazing up at the stars The stars were very meaningful in this novel and were discussed a lot Najmah s name even means star There is also a shooting star on the back In the Middle East many people believe that to see a shooting star is a bad omen Nusrat taught Najmah that this was just a myth spread by evil people to strike fear in others in order to gain control over themAfter Nusrat discovers that her husband has died she decides that she must go back to her family in America While this makes her sad she is able to cope While telling Asma Faiz s sister that she is her family and culture of choice she says The culture in which I grew up doesn t make me so unhappy now that I know what I believe in and what I value I know who I love and why My culture will always be with me wherever I go I believe this statement here is the essence of what makes this book a Notable Book for a Global Society