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Children at Belsize Library read When I Coloured in the World!

We love Letterbox Library‘s review of When I Coloured in the World! Written by Ahmadreza Ahmadi and illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi, When I Coloured in the World spreads an important message of hope and peace. Letterbox Library is a book club specialising in anti-sexist and multicultural children’s books. Read the lovely review below!

Devastatingly simple in its conception- a child is given some coloured pencils and an eraser and, with these, they set about rewriting and mending and hoping for the world. In the place of darkness, they write ‘light’, for hunger ‘wheat’, for storm ‘breeze’, for flood ‘drizzle’ and for despair ‘hope’. Never was the power of the pen, or rather a colouring crayon, more evident. Each new word is introduced in a different colour which spills out on to the opposite page in a blaze of colour and motifs which also nod to traditional Iranian art. Written by one of Iran’s greatest contemporary poets. ‘I really liked this book and think it would be good for exploring how children might want to deal with/how they feel about the things which afflict humanity’ (Hannah, Social Worker, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 28pp

  • Watch the brilliant book trailer!
  • When I Coloured in the World was among The Guardian‘s best children’s books of 2015!
  • Discover how to draw a rooster with illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi

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