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The Day of Ahmed's Secret

by Florence Parry Heide and Judith Heide Gilliland
Illustrated by Ted Lewin

Published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1990
32 pages
ISBN: 0-688-08895-3

Ages 5-9

As Ahmed drives a donkey cart through busy streets and delivers heavy canisters filled with butane gas, he thinks of his father's advice: "Hurry to grow strong...But do not hurry to grow old." Contemporary Cairo is the setting for a young "butagaz boy" to tell the story of the day on which he tells his family he learned to write his own name. Well patterned sentences shaped into a wonderfully paced narrative are extended with full-color watercolor illustrations detailing cultural information. CCBC categories: History, People And Places; Picture Books.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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