I had the chance to review The Sigh, by Marjane Satrapi. This is the first time I’ve read one of her books. She has also written Persepolis, an autobiographical grapic novel. The book I reviewed, The Sigh, is a children’s book which is good for students in about second grade on up.
My first impressions of the book are that it is beautiful. The book is hardcover with beautiful silver designs that look like stylized flowers and leaves bordering the picture on the front and back cover.
The book is about Rose, one of the three daughters of a rich merchant. He always brings his daughters gifts when he returns from the market. One day, Rose asks her father to bring her a seed of a blue bean. He can’t find one for her and she lets out a disappointed sigh. When she does so, a mysterious creature called the Sigh brings the seed that Rose desires to her father. He says that he will return to collect upon his debt and a year later he returns to the merchant to take Rose to a secret and distant land.
The tale follows Rose in her adventures through the distant land. If I had to describe it, I would say that it is like a fairy tale from a different culture than we are used to in America. I loved it. I enjoyed reading and hearing folk tales as a child and this has the same kind of feel to me. I can see myself reading it to my son when he’s a little older. The book will surely be around still because it is made from such quality materials. One of my favorite things about the book is the front and back cover. It’s not often that you see book covers made in such a way.
If you are interested in purchasing this book, you can get The Sigh on Amazon. It is a great way to add a little diversity in your child’s reading and I think it is a good story that not only will your child enjoy, but you as well. If you’ve read it I’d love to know what you think!
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