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King of the Skies

by Rukhsana Khan
illustrated by Laura Fernandez & Rick Jacobson

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list price: $19.99
published: 2001
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice
  • Commended, Resource Links Best of the Year
  • Commended, Ontario Library Association (OLA) Best Bet
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Before dawn on the day of Basunt, the first day of spring, a boy pulls himself up to the roof, to launch is kite into the skies. He is eager to get his kite airborne. He has worked long and hard to make his the best kite ever. It's small, but built for speed, with two long streamers that look like legs flying over the rooftops. Through skill and daring he battles with the other kites — big kites, little kites, fancy and plain kites — and beats them all. For it is on this one day that he is better than everyone else — on Basunt, he is king of the skies.

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Contributor notes

Rukhsana Khan is a storyteller. Her previous works include Bedtime Baalk, The Roses in My Carpets, and the YA novel, Dahling, If You Luv Me Would You Please, Please Smile, which was short listed for the CLA Book of the Year Award. Rukhsana lives in Toronto, and also writes extensively for Islamic publications. Husband-and-wife team Laura Fernandez and Rick Jacobson have collaborated on several picture books, including Tchaikovsky Discovers America and Jeremiah Learns to Read, which won the Ruth Schwartz Award. They live in Toronto, Ontario.

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Editorial Review

“?[a]beautiful and satisfying story?the story's eloquence is matched by the elegant book design and luminous oil paintings?Highly Recommended.? (CM Magazine)

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Rukhsana Khan

Rukhsana Khan is an award-winning author and storyteller. She lives in Toronto with her family. Visit Rukhsana Khan's website: http://www.rukhsanakhan.com/ Visit Rukhsana Khan's blog: http://blog.rukhsanakhan.com/
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