Books by Morteza Zahedi

CON EL SOL EN LOS OJOS / WITH THE SUN IN MY EYES  by Jorge Luján
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Not exactly a heaping helping of words and art, but handsomely designed and rich in the sort of observations that will attract readers for whom silence is 'louder than noise.' (Poetry. 9-12)"
Broadly daubed, semiabstract views of children and animals illustrate 10 short, reflective lyrics by an Argentinean poet. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, COMMANDER by Ahmad Akbarpour
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

In the war between Iran and Iraq, a little boy loses his leg—and also his mother. Once safe, his only way to make sense of the tragedy is to re-create the war in his bedroom with a toy gun and imaginary soldiers. This time however, he is in control; he is the Commander. But when he finally meets his enemy face to face, he finds a young boy, similar to him. Readers learn a universal truth—enemies are never as different as one would imagine. The boy stops fighting and looks tearfully at his mother's photograph, ashamed that he was unable to avenge her death. A reassuring voice whispers, "Congratulations, Commander. I am proud of you." Zahedi's wobbly, childlike sketches reinforce the direct perspective of a child struggling to process horrific events. Educating children about war will never be easy, but a story from a child's voice shows how combat affects everyone. Tanks and fallen soldiers, no matter how innocently rendered, make this more suitable for older readers, but the recognition of the essential humanity of an enemy is a good lesson for all. (introductory note) (Picture book. 8-12)Read full book review >