P is for Palestine: A Palestine Alphabet Book (Hardcover)
The story of Palestine is the story of our humanity. It is story of all people, all nations, throughout history, seeking a pride of place. Anyone who has ever been to Palestine (to some also known as the Holy Land) or who has Palestinian friends, colleagues, or neighbors knows that this proud nation, located on the western-most point of Asia, not that many nautical miles away from Cyprus, Alexandria (Egypt) and Greece, is at the center of our world. It is home to the sweetest oranges, most intricate embroideries, great dance moves (Dabkeh), fertile olive groves, and sunniest people!
About the Author
Golbarg Bashi is an Iranian professor of Middle Eastern History in New York, a children's author and the founder of Dr. Bashi™. She was born in Iran, raised in Sweden, and educated in the U.K and U.S. Growing up in Iran and Sweden, she was widely exposed to the strong tradition of progressive children’s literature in the works published by Kanoon-e Parvaresh-e Fekri-e Koodakan va Nojavanan (IIDCYA) in Tehran, Iran and by Scandinavian authors such as Astrid Lindgren, Tove Jansson and Elsa Beskow. In 2016, she was nominated by the U.S. toy industry "Wonder Woman Award" in the Designer/Inventor category for advancing early childhood education through play for languages using the Arabic and Persian-scripts. *** Golrokh Nafisi is a published children’s book illustrator, animator and puppet maker engaged in the contemporary conceptual art scene. She was born three years after the Iranian revolution in Isfahan, Iran. In her works, she covers daily events, lives of ordinary people and the politics of Middle Eastern societies. She is drawn to realism and loves to use bold colors combined with strong social commentary.
"This powerful book will prove to be pivotal for so many young Palestinians on their search for identity and belonging, and will introduce countless others to a place and people that have been marginalized for too long in their struggle for equality. I can't wait to buy copies for my niece, and her friends. P is for 'Palestine', and also for 'Proud'."
—Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Palestinian-American Emmy-nominated journalist, broadcaster, and senior correspondent for AJ+.
“You will fall in love with this innovative, much needed, and beautifully illustrated Palestinian alphabet book. Highly recommended!”
—Dr. Jack G. Shaheen, author of “Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People” and a foremost authority on media images of Arabs and Muslims in American Popular Culture.
“This book provides an attractive and thoughtful introduction to the heritage and culture of Palestine that will be appreciated by children whose families come from Palestine, and by children everywhere.”
—Dr. Rashid Khalidi, globally renowned Palestinian-American scholar, author, and the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University.
“Golbarg Bashi’s “P is for Palestine” is a moving journey of alphabetical letters becoming a bridge, a boat that connects us to our homeland and our heritage, while yearning for freedom and peace in Palestine.”
—Rula Jebreal, award-winning Palestinian author, film-maker, journalist, and foreign policy analyst.
“I'm so happy to live in a world where a book like "P is for Palestine" exists. If I had had something like this as a child, I would have felt so much less alone and so much more interested in my culture, instead of wondering why no one else seemed to know the words that were so comforting and real to me. I cannot wait to give a copy to my niece, nephew, and every other little Arab American child, who will not only be able to learn from this book, but will also be able to feel proud of where she is from, and, consequently, rooted deeply in the world.”
—Najla Said, Palestinian-American playwright, actress and author of “Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family.”
“Palestine is our story, and our story begins with the alphabet.Every letter a direction. Stunningly illustrated. A dream-book for all ages.”
—Nathalie Handal, Award-winning Palestinian poet and writer
“G for GREAT...P for PEACE IN PALESTINE.”
—Marwan Bishara, internationally renowned Palestinian author, broadcaster and chief political analyst at Al Jazeera Media Network and host of its flagship show EMPIRE.
“I wish I had a book like this when I was a child! Fantastic and fun... a great way to show children another world and open their minds. It's especially exciting to me as a Palestinian as I always want to find ways to show my baby she can feel proud of her culture and have fun at the same time. Colorful, truly original and a delight for young and old!”
—Annemarie Jacir, Academy Award Nominated Palestinian Filmmaker (When I Saw You)
“A book for our children that teaches self-love and pride. A book for our friends that shares a central piece of our lives. A book for ourselves that sings without apology: P is for Palestine and all of its wonders that make it home."
—Noura Erakat, internationally renowned Palestinian-American human rights attorney, academic and activist.
“P is for Palestine is a colorful manifestation of all that is beautiful about the land of my parents and ancestors. This book is a gift that takes you on a journey of love, life and resilience; the virtues of my beloved Palestine.”
—Linda Sarsour, award-winning Palestinian Muslim American Activist
“Golbarg Bashi takes children (and parents) into Palestine, illustrated beautifully with Golrokh Nafisi drawings. P is for Palestine is a must for anyone who grew up with fragmented past and is looking to changing today's stereotypes.”
—Najwa Najjar, award-winning Palestinian filmmaker (Eyes of a Thief - Pomegranates and Myrrh).