Sea Prayer

Sea Prayer

Book - 2018
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Sea Prayer is composed in the form of a letter, from a father to his son, on the eve of their journey. Watching over his sleeping son, the father reflects on the dangerous sea-crossing that lies before them. It is also a vivid portrait of their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of that city's swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone.
Publisher: New York, New York : Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin House LLC, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525539094
Branch Call Number: Fic Hoss
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm


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JCLStefanieE Jul 11, 2019

Lovely illustrations combined with heartbreaking clarity tell such an important story with so few words. I would highly recommend pairing this with Exit West for a book group study.

caleherreman Jul 10, 2019

Heartbreaking. This can be read in as little as five minutes, but it will haunt your conscience for years to come. Parents often contemplate what they would do for their children, their family, but here a father is troubled by what he has promised. A hopeful promise that he is powerless to keep, but puts his trust in a higher power.

Apr 02, 2019

This beautiful book will make you weep, words and images both. Beautiful. Breathtaking. Loving. Tragic. Hopeful. Profound. Should be required reading.

IndyPL_TomP Apr 02, 2019

“Released amid the onslaught of heart-wrenching news about emigration, Sea Prayer may be the Sophie’s Choice for our century.” From

Mar 11, 2019

Simple and moving. As a poem with illustrations it is quite different from the other works by Hosseini (3 novels).

I've found it very touching and want to read it with my kids. About two years ago, we decided to go beyond our usual destinations and to show more of their father's country to our kids. So we travelled to Gaziantep, a Turkish city located 40 miles from the border with Syria. There we saw numerous refugees. Because we watch the news and because their Swiss school had welcomed a couple of refugees, they knew a little bit of what's going on. Nevertheless, being there made it more concrete (they both felt very emotional). I believe that Sea Prayer can achieve something similar. Young and less young readers will connect with Marwan and his father.

Now Hosseini should write a parallel story/poem about the wall being built between the US and Mexico...

Mar 10, 2019

touching poem with evocative illustrations
for older children and adults alike

Mar 04, 2019

The illustrations really convey the message of this poem. It was disconcerting to learn that the hope and the yearning conveyed were inspired by such a tragic event. Let us hope that because of this book, many more positive outcomes will occur in future.

Feb 26, 2019

"Sea Prayer was inspired by the story of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach safety in Europe in 2015" It was short and touching with beautiful watercolors.

Feb 02, 2019

This is an adult picture book and will take you no time at all to read. You will probably want to read it over and over because it is such a pleasure. It is written in verse and is beautiful, sentimental and tender. The beautiful water colour illustrations enhance the story and are lovely to look at.

Jan 21, 2019

If everyone read this beautifully touching prose, immigrants would be far more welcomed. This is a must read for all!

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