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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)
Day Saida Arrived (The)
by Susana Gomez Redondo
Age Range: 6-8
When we read translated literature, we have this power to understand words written by someone who might be miles and miles away from us, in a part of the world completely different from ours, speaking words every day that aren’t sounded in our vocabulary—with the help of a translator, we can magically bridge the gap and share the same stories.
In a very meta way, the story originally written in Spanish, The Day Saida Arrived by Spanish author Susana Gómez Redondo, was translated into English by Lawrence Schimel and tells the story of Saida, a Moroccan girl who moves to a part of the world where Arabic is not spoken as the primary language anymore. In the process of the narrator trying to help Saida find her words, something even more sincere happens: Saida and the narrator find joy in teaching each other their respective languages.
In a sense, The Day Saida Arrived can be a tribute to translated literature to anyone who reads the story and appreciates the linguistic exchange between the two characters. It’s a tribute to languages and multilingualism. Sonja Wimmer’s illustrations fill each picture with motion and a certain wind that blows around colourful words of different shapes and sizes, culminating with both the English and Arabic alphabets at the end of the book. “And we knew that in all languages, there are words as warm as breath and others cold as metal…Words that tickle when they’re spoken, and others that, when we hear them, feel like a hug.”
The Day Saida Arrived is part of the Reading the World: Picture Books and Translation at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 2022.
Catherine Hurwitz (March22)