The Flag of Childhood: Poems From the Middle East

by Naomi Shihab Nye

Paperback, 2002



Call number

808.81 Nye

Call number

808.81 Nye

Local notes

808.81 Nye



Aladdin (2002), Edition: 1St Edition, Paperback, 100 pages. Purchased in 2011. $4.00.


A stirring anthology of sixty poems from the Middle East selected by honored anthologist, writer, and editor Naomi Shihab Nye. This beautiful collection of eloquent poems from Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, and elsewhere open windows into the hearts and souls of people we usually meet only on the nightly news. What we see when we look through these windows is the love of family, friends, and for the Earth, the daily occurrences of life that touch us forever, the longing for a sense of place. What we learn is that beneath the veil of stereotypes, our human connections are stronger than our cultural differences.


Physical description

100 p.; 5.12 inches





User reviews

LibraryThing member DominicPerry
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The Flag of Chilhood is a very well put together anthology of poems from Middle Eastern authors. I gave this a 4 in quality because, out of the 60 or so poems, I felt most were good, many were great, and a few were really stirring. I assigned a 4 in popularity because it may be hard to sell some kids on poetry, and I dont think this anthology would work for younger readers. I felt the best poems the anthologist Naomi Shihab Nye chose were the ones which deal with the everyday. These will make young American readers realize that children, and people in general, in the Middle East are no different from themselves. They have the same little victories and disappointments throughout their day, and worry and celebrate these in much the same way as anyone state-side. Overall I enjoyed this collection, but would really only recommend it for the 15+ crowd.… (more)
LibraryThing member Sluper1
The author presents a collection of sixty poems revealing a different side of Middle East. These poems try to substitute all the stereotypes the new have created and replace it by love of family, friends and daily live that touch us forever. These poems are intended for a young audience, however I believe that many adults will gain some knowledge from these poems. Some of the poems you really have to read over and over to understand what the author is trying to portray. This is a great poetry book to have in classroom especially when learning about Middle East.… (more)




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