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“A love letter to family, culture, and home.”
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The Carpet: An Afghan Family Story

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

This poignant story, about an Afghan refugee child and the family carpet that connects them to home, inspires readers to live and learn in love, not fear.

We sip our tea and talk together,
Ruby cushions of goose feather.
The carpet is for sitting.

The Carpet follows a day in the life of an Afghan refugee child, where every moment revolves around love, family, and the carpet that connects them to home. The carpet is the centerpiece of family life, where meals, stories, laughs, and memories are shared. This moving story, inspired by the author’s life, celebrates what makes a home—no matter where you are.

Look for the beautiful companion book Sour Cherries: An Afghan Family Story.

Primary ISBN: 9781419763618
Publication Date: April 2023
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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Setting: Afghanistan

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Refugee

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

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