Sour Cherry Tree
A heartwarming look at love, loss, and memorable objects through the eyes of a child. After her grandfather's death, a young girl wanders through his house. As she tours each room, the objects she discovers stir memories of her grandfather - her baba bozorg. His closet full of clothes reminds her of the mints he kept in his pockets. His favorite teacup conjures thoughts of the fig cookies he would offer her. The curtains in the living room bring up memories of hide-and-seek games and the special relationship that she and her baba bozorg shared, even though they spoke different languages. The Sour Cherry Tree is an authentic look at death and loss centred on the experiences of a child, both strikingly whimsical and matter-of-fact. Drawing on the Iranian-Canadian author's childhood memories, this tender meditation on grief, love, and memory is at once culturally specific and universally relatable.
AGES: 4 to 8
AUTHOR: Naseem Hrab
About the Authors
Naseem Hrab is a writer and storyteller, and the author of the Ira Crumb series and Weekend Dad. Her comedy writing has appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency and The Rumpus. Naseem worked as a librarian for a time and now works in children's publishing. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Nahid Kazemi is an author, illustrator and visual artist who has published more than sixty children's books and has been nominated for both the Governor General's Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. She has also taught art and has exhibited her work in Iran, France, Italy, the UK, Lebanon and Serbia. Nahid lives in Montréal, Quebec.
An #OwnVoices story based on author Naseem Hrab's childhood memories and the Iranian-Canadian cultural details that the author and illustrator share . An accessible exploration of intergenerational relationships, memory, and grief as experienced by a child . Told in soft, evocative, chalk pastel art