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“Puts readers in an idyllic rural setting as a happy family of four sets about harvesting cherries…the picnic takes on a deeper meaning: the passing on of traditions, honoring of ancestors, and making of memories…illustrations add a cheerful tone.”

Sour Cherries: An Afghan Family Story

Written by Dezh Azaad
Illustrated by Nan Cao
Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers

My favorite day is in the summer,
picking cherries with my mother.

Sour Cherries follows a summer day as an Afghan child learns to make sour cherry jam, stew, and tea with his mother, just like she learned from her mother. Pull the stem, pop the seed—together, they carefully prep their family dishes while sharing stories of his grandmother and the place they come from.

Sour Cherries is the companion to the beloved picture book The Carpet: An Afghan Family Story.

Primary ISBN: 9781419763625
Publication Date: May 2024
Available As: Hardcover,eBook
Picture Book, 04 or older

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Setting: Afghanistan

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Refugee or Asylee

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

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