The Carpet: An Afghan Family Story (Hardcover)

The Carpet: An Afghan Family Story By Dezh Azaad, Nan Cao (Illustrator) Cover Image

The Carpet: An Afghan Family Story (Hardcover)

By Dezh Azaad, Nan Cao (Illustrator)

$18.99


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This poignant story, about an Afghan refugee child and the family carpet that connects them to home, inspires readers to live and learn in love, not fear

We sip our tea and talk together,
Ruby cushions of goose feather.
The carpet is for sitting.


The Carpet follows a day in the life of an Afghan refugee child, where every moment revolves around love, family, and the carpet that connects them to home. The carpet is the centerpiece of family life, where meals, stories, laughs, and memories are shared. This moving story, inspired by the author’s life, celebrates what makes a home—no matter where you are.
Dezh Azaad is an Afghan writer who’s been a refugee his whole life. He lives in Germany, where he teaches Persian to refugee children and leads seminars for teens and young adults on social change, race, and the climate crisis. Azaad loves tinkering with electronics and cooking meals that take five hours to make and five minutes to eat. He is the author of The Carpet: An Afghan Family Story.
Product Details ISBN: 9781419763618
ISBN-10: 141976361X
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English
“Inspired by Azaad’s own life, this powerful, lyrical tale speaks to the importance of sharing, learning, caring, and other values. A love letter to family, culture, and home.”
— Kirkus

"Despite the cartoonish rendering of the characters’ faces, the bold colors and movement in the illustrations help the narrative establish a loving family that will thrive because of their close bond."
— Booklist