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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
A Rainbow in My Pocket
by Ali Seida Badi
Age Range: Under_5
This is a wonderful book that is an elegant introduction to the beauty of poetic verse in literature. The author Ali Seidabadi is both writer and poet for children and this is evident from the lyrical prose and the abstract but encompassing nature of the piece. On reading this book I felt immediately drawn back to my childhood, thoughts and questions about the world around jumping and dancing from one to another. The use of repetition and the sometimes unusual framing of the text is a great way to open a dialogue with children about breaking the constraints of ‘everyday’ writing, and would perhaps give those less able writers the confidence to have a go – there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way of delivering a story. The illustrations by Hoda Haddadi are beautifully simplistic in style, punctuated softly with flashes of primary colour and full of character, they perfectly complement and enhance the moods created within the writing and the sense of childhood innocence and being carefree.
The way in which A Rainbow in My Pocket, is written and illustrated gives a fantastic insight into the curiosity of childhood, and the excitement of the new in the everyday. There would be plenty of opportunities to use this book within a creative writing or art lesson, but also as a stimulus for a Philosophy for Children enquiry – questions around perception, truth and even mindfulness. The book is part of Tiny Owl publications, which specialises in translating children’s books from Persian and illustrated by outstanding Iranian artists. It would therefore be a fantastic addition to a school library as part of ESDGC and could be used with both Foundation Phase/KS1 and KS2.
Laura Davies (2016)