Published: November 2009
A television reporter’s extraordinary experience in the West Bank reveals how children’s hopes and dreams for peace and unity can fly higher than any wall built to divide communities and religions.
Travelling to the West Bank to witness how life is for Palestinians and Jews living in the shadow of a dividing wall, journalist Max strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic Palestinian boy, Said. Together the two sit under an ancient olive tree while Said makes another of his kites. As Max is welcomed as a guest, he learns of the terrible events in the family’s past and begins to understand why Said no longer speaks.
Told from both Max’s and Said’s points of view, this is a beautiful tale of tragedy and hope with an ending that rings with joy.
Wednesday, 18th December 2013
Reading charity Booktrust is pleased to announce former Children’s Laureate and best-selling author Michael Morpurgo as its new President. The role, previously held by the late Doris Lessing, offers a notable figure as a supporter and ambassador for Booktrust’s work.
Booktrust believes that no-one should miss out on the life changing benefits that reading can bring. It gives free books to children via national programmes such as ‘Bookstart’, which works through locally based organisations to give packs of books to babies and toddlers, with guidance materials for parents and carers. With over 90 years of expertise in recommending books, it runs sponsored book prizes and manages creative reading projects, such as the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children’s Laureate. This year, it launched a brand new prize – The Booktrust Best Book Awards, supported by Kindle.
Monday, 21st February 2011
A few years ago I was involved in the making of a documentary for BBC Radio called ‘The Invention of Childhood’. Working on the series gave me a powerful sense of how childhood has evolved over the ages, and how long it took for the lives of children to emerge from the dark ages of poverty and neglect and exploitation.
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I love this book. It has inspired me to want to make a BOOK-TRAVELLING series of five books. I will do this for Animal Glory year.
I wish I could meet Said and go back in time to save him, fly kites and hug him. He is lovely. It has the happiest ending.
I think of the book constantly, now I have read it. I would love to fly my first kite!
I read it in ONE GO! That is how I love to read my books.
The kites are flying is SPPECTACULAR it is deeply emotional.
It deficts a picture of total suffering that Palestinian children are going through. reading the story made me reflect on the tragic and painful situation. wars and conflicts are sheer misery for innocent children and it could be costly. i hope all children in the world and specially the kid of Palestine live a peaceful life.