A Sky-Blue Bench

ISBN-10: 177278222X
ISBN-13: 9781772782226
Author: Rahman, Bahram
Illustrated by: Collins, Peggy
Interest Level: K-2
Publisher: Pajama Press

Publication Date: November 2021

Copyright: 2021

Page Count: 32


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Interest Level

Grades K-2

Reading Level

Guided Reading: L
Lexile: AD690L

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Special Needs

JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Asia

JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education

Description
A young Afghani amputee matter-of-factly removes her own barrier to education, building a bench from discarded wood so that she and her "helper-leg" can sit through school in comfort. It's Afghani schoolgirl Aria's first day back at school since her accident. She's excited, but she's also worried about sitting on the hard floor all day with her new prosthetic "helper-leg." Just as Aria feared, sitting on the floor is so uncomfortable that she can't think about learning at all. She knows that before the war changed many things in Afghanistan, schools like hers had benches for students to sit at. If she had a bench, her leg would not hurt so much. The answer is obvious: she will gather materials, talk to Kaka Najar, the carpenter in the old city, and learn to build a bench for herself.
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