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Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers

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Author: Uma Mishra-Newbery, Lina Al-Hathloul

A courageous girl follows her dream of learning to fly in this "clever narrative" filled with "extraordinary spirit... gorgeous colors... a magical quality" (New York Times). Inspired by formerly imprisoned human rights activist Loujain AlHathloul, this sparkling fantasy story is perfect for fans of Malala's Magic Pencil and the Rebel Girls series.

"Poetic, moving, and empowering." - Kirkus Reviews

Loujain watches her beloved baba attach his feather wings and fly each morning, but her own dreams of flying face a big obstacle: only boys, not girls, are allowed to fly in her country. Yet despite the taunts of her classmates, she is determined to do it--especially because Loujain loves colors, and only by flying can she see the color-filled field of sunflowers her baba has told her about. Eventually, he agrees to teach her, and Loujain's impossible dream becomes reality--and soon other girls dare to learn to fly.

Based on the experiences of co-author Lina AlHathloul's sister, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Loujain AlHathloul, who led the successful campaign to lift Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving, this moving and gorgeously illustrated story reminds us to strive for the changes we want to see--and to never take for granted women's and girls' freedoms.

Publisher: Mineditionus
Published: 03/01/2022
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.20lbs
Size: 11.50h x 9.60w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9781662650642
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 12/13/2021
School Library Journal 01/01/2022 pg. 60
Kirkus Reviews 01/15/2022
Shelf Awareness 03/11/2022

About the Author
Uma Mishra-Newbery and Lina AlHathloul are human rights activists. Lina is the sister of Loujain AlHathloul, the women's rights activist currently imprisoned by the Saudi government. Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers is their debut book.

Rebecca Green is the illustrator of picture books including
the New York Times best-selling BECOMING A GOOD CREATURE, written by Sy Montgomery and the author/illustrator of
Illustrator site: rebeccagreenillustration.com

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