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“With spare, moving text and vivid artwork, Zahra Marwan tells the true story of her and her family’s immigration from Kuwait, where they were considered stateless, to New Mexico, where together they made a new home.”

Where Butterflies Fill the Sky: A Story of Immigration, Family, and Finding Home publishes 29 March 2022 with Bloomsbury Publishing and can be purchased at local book stores through Bookshop or IndieBound
Or through Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or Target


Editorial Reviews:

“The interplay of simple, literal prose and complex, figurative illustration here lifts this sensitive and useful picture book on immigration into an inviting exploration of how experiences are transformed by time and memory.” —BCCB, starred review

“Every page includes tiny imaginative details to enchant attentive readers: flowers, birds, fish, prayer beads, oud, guitarrón, and much more. This sensitive and beautifully depicted story should touch all young readers, regardless of family background or origin.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“A nuanced representation of belonging and citizenship that will ring true for many whose sense of home has never been absolute.” —The Horn Book

“The affectionate text is accompanied by traditionally created watercolor illustrations, the palette conveying the feel and beauty of the places featured in the book. A valuable insight into the world of immigration and displacement.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Zahra Marwan’s stylistic ink and watercolor illustrations are magnificent, incorporating motifs, memories, and colors of both cultures throughout . . . This book seamlessly connects the two cultures, enhancing this simply told story rich in the concepts of immigration, family, and home.” —School Library Connection

“Judge this book by its gorgeous cover, note the promise held in its title, and stay through the end for its hopeful message. In this dreamlike memoir, Marwan recounts her family’s immigration from Kuwait to New Mexico in sparse prose and whimsical, vibrant watercolor illustrations.” —Booklist

“Her initial sketches are refined then enhanced with ink and watercolor washes, creating enchanting, winsome scenes. Without erasing the difficulties of displacement and reinvention in a strange land, Marwan ensures a colorful, captivating odyssey for younger readers.” Shelf Awareness


An interview with Ari Shaprio:
https://www.npr.org/2022/04/27/1095100311/kuwaiti-bidoons-went-on-hunger-strike-for-19-days-has-anything-changed

Upcoming Books:

The Sunflowers, Feiwel & Friends (Summer 2023)