The Sour Cherry Tree

The Sour Cherry Tree

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A heartwarming look at love, loss, and memorable objects through the eyes of a child by critically-acclaimed creators Naseem Hrab and Nahid Kazemi
"Deeply evocative ... A beautifully poignant celebration of memories of a loved one that live on in those that remain." -- Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW

After her grandfather's death, a young girl wanders through his house. As she tours each room, the objects she discovers stir memories of her grandfather--her baba bozorg. His closet full of clothes reminds her of the mints he kept in his pockets. His favorite teacup conjures thoughts of the fig cookies he would offer her. The curtains in the living room bring up memories of hide-and-seek games and the special relationship that she and her baba bozorg shared, even though they spoke different languages.


The Sour Cherry Tree is an authentic look at death and loss centred on the experiences of a child, both strikingly whimsical and matter-of-fact. Drawing on the Iranian-Canadian author's childhood memories, this tender meditation on grief, love, and memory is at once culturally specific and universally relatable.


Author: Naseem Hrab
Publisher: Owlkids
Published: 10/15/2021
Pages: 32
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 11.20h x 8.30w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781771474146
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2021
Booklist 10/01/2021 pg. 75
School Library Journal 11/01/2021 pg. 55
Publishers Weekly 10/18/2021 pg. 1
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2022 pg. 87