Pablo Rocca Rocca itibaren Goth Tamaachi Jahejo, Pakistan
Whilst most children who read Morpurgo's stories will know him for his animal tales, this is the story of a child's life in Palestine. Told in turn by an adult film maker and Palestian 8 year old, Said, The Kites are Flying is a simple, beautiful depiction of the physical loss war creates and the hope and humanity it can foster in those ensnared in it. Mr Max, the filmaker, and Said are brought together under the kite tree in Said's village, which looks out onto the dividing wall between Palestine and Israel in the occupied territories. Said's kites prove to hold more significance than one might initially imagine, and his quest to send them over the wall to the girl with the blue headscarf becomes a mission, which on succesful completion, shows the power of unspoken friendship transcending bariers of race and religion, from which we all might learn. The illustrations in the book are beautiful and understated, in sympathy with Morpugo's prose. This is a wonderful story. Perfect for for key stage two children to read alone or a chapter at a time as a group exercise. As a text to underpin project work, perhaps children making their own kites, cooking honey cake, exploring landscapes through art, or writing their own diaries, it's brilliant.
I didn't love the ending.