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“…Although grandson and grandfather live far from one another, readers will understand that the bond between the generations conquers any distance.”
Publisher’s Weekly

Ezra Jack Keats Award, 2007

Mystery Bottle

Written by Kristen Balouch
Published by Interlink Publishing Group Inc

A boy in Brooklyn receives a package from Iran. When he opens up the mysterious bottle that lies within, a great wind transports him over the oceans and mountains, straight into the arms of his grandfather. Despite being separated by politics and geography, the boy and his Baba Bazorg can share an extraordinary gift, the bond of their love.

Primary ISBN: 9781623718244

Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 03 or older

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Setting: United States, Iran

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 2nd Generation

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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Notes from the Creator

“And what do my children miss of the ancient culture that my husband came from. A culture that is just beyond my reach. A culture I know only through my husband’s memories and through the pieces that have found their way here; the floral smell of basmati rice or the bitter taste of limes in stew, saffron flavored rock candy, pistachios in nougats infused with rose water, the sound of poetry in Farsi, the worn paint splattered sweater given to a boy by his father decades ago. I hope we can find those connections that are meaningful to us. Connections that transcend time, place, physical and cultural barriers. Maybe we will find them through a plane ticket, a letter, an old sweater or a book.” —Kristen Balouch

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