King of the Skies

King of the Skies
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A picture book by Rukhsana Khan
Illustrated by Laura Fernandez & Rick Jacobsen
Published in Canada by Scholastic Inc.
32 pg, Hardcover
$19.99 CDN
ISBN 0-439-98725-3

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AR Quiz No. 65017 EN Fiction
IL: LG - BL: 3.4 - AR Pts: 0.5
AR Quiz Types: RP

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Set in during the Basunt Kite festival in Pakistan, a young disabled boy has rules for this one day.


"The 'King of the Skies' is a young boy living in Lahore, Pakistan. All year he has waited for the kite festival, Basunt, which is held in early February to celebrate the arrival of spring. The boy narrates the dramatic tale of his beautiful yellow kite he names "Guddi Chore" or Kite Thief.

In this beautiful and satisfying story, Guddi Chore embodies the boy's spirit which soars with the thrills and action of the kite battles. School-age children will enjoy hearing this well-told story of sharing, determination and joy. The story's eloquence is matched by the elegant book design and luminous oil paintings by the award winning couple, Laura Fernandez and Rick Jacobson.

This book is full of striking contrasts. It is a contemporary story structured around a traditional festival in which the flight and motion of the kites contrast with the boy's disability, and the image of the bright kites in the daytime sky later becomes a night scene of twinkling stars...

King of the Skies is a book for all school and public libraries."

-CM Magazine-


"King of the Skies is an excellent example of a story which carries the reader to another place, just as the breezes above Lahore carry the kite Guddi Chore high over the rooftops. The little boy who created Guddi Chore is striving to be the best kite fighter during Basunt, a springtime festival in Pakistan. The texture and richness of the illustrations add to the immediacy of the text. The author's informational note at the end of the book will add to readers' understanding and enjoyment. Children and adults will find this book fascinating, because the setting is unfamiliar to most of us. At the same time, readers will be able to relate to their own experiences of making or flying kites. Reading this book may even inspire some to try kite-flying for the first time. King of the Skies will be an excellent addition to a collection of books about celebrations around the world. The book may also spark conversations about children with diverse abilities, or how children live in other countries."

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