The Turtle of Oman is a cute novel that show us that culture and location differences are sometimes not so different. And that sometimes having to move to a new place although scary might be fun as well. One of the biggest issues in this book to start is that Aref worries that he will not be accepted in his new home of Michigan. So he starts to research his new destination.
This is a cute little book for the lower grades that I think would help kids out that are switching from one place to another (in extreme situations ie. country etc.). It was fast paced as well as easy to read and follow.
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This is a fast and great read for kids that are going through an extreme change.
This accessible, exquisite novel shines with gentle humor and explores themes of moving, family, nature, and immigration. It tells the story of Aref Al-Amri, who must say good-bye to everything and everyone he loves in his hometown of Muscat, Oman, as his family prepares to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is acclaimed poet and National Book Award Finalist Naomi Shihab Nye's first novel set in the Middle East since her acclaimed Habibi.
Aref Al-Amri does not want to leave Oman. He does not want to leave his elementary school, his friends, or his beloved grandfather, Siddi. He does not want to live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his parents will go to graduate school. His mother is desperate for him to pack his suitcase, but he refuses. Finally, she calls Siddi for help. But rather than pack, Aref and Siddi go on a series of adventures. They visit the camp of a thousand stars deep in the desert, they sleep on Siddi's roof, they fish in the Gulf of Oman and dream about going to India, and they travel to the nature reserve to watch the sea turtles. At each stop, Siddi finds a small stone that he later slips into Aref's suitcase—mementos of home.
Naomi Shihab Nye's warmth, attention to detail, and belief in the power of empathy and connection shines from every page. Features black-and-white spot art and decorations by Betsy Peterschmidt.
Age Range: 8 - 12 years / Grade Level: 3 - 7