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An Immigration Story for the kids: The Storyteller of Damascus

An old storyteller roams through the old quarter of Damascus. For only one piaster, he offers to show the children the wonders of the world. The children look through the peepholes of his magic box, which he carries on his back from one neighborhood to the next. There they see and hear the love story of Sami, the shepherd boy, and the beautiful Leyla. But over time, the story changes… pictures inside the wonder box become old and start to fade away, replaced by cutouts from recent advertisements.

If you’re like me and wonder about the lives and histories and culture of Syrian people and refugees, The Storyteller of Damascus is a book for you. Such beautiful illustrations too.

By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.