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.
About the Author
NASEEM HRAB is a writer and storyteller, and the author of the Ira Crumb series and Weekend Dad. Her comedy writing has appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency and The Rumpus. Naseem worked as a librarian for a time and now works in children's publishing. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Nahid Kazemi is an international author, illustrator, and visual artist. After studying painting at Art University in Tehran, she worked as a graphic designer for literary magazines, published children's books in Iran, and participated in illustration festivals and painting exhibitions around the world. She was a finalist for the 2018 Canadian Government General Prize and a finalist in the Golden Pin Wheel Contest at the Shanghai International Children's Book Fair in 2016 and 2017. In 2020, she was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.