Age Group: 3-6
In the wonderous city of Baghdad lives a young girl called Jehan. One morning, Jehan wakes and sees that her smile is lost. She looks everywhere. Jugglers and fire-eaters come to help her find it. Artists paint murals on the walls of her room. They all try their hardest to entertain Jehan, but still, she cannot find her smile. Derived from a collection of Middle Eastern stories, The Girl Who Lost Her Smile is a simple tale about uncovering life’s hidden beauty.
Winner of the Parent’s Magazine Gold Award 2002* Finalist for the Kentucky Book Award (Kentucky Students’ Choice) 2002
“Infused with a gentle spirit, illustrated with arresting artwork, this is a tale rich with meaning for readers of any age.” Children’s Book Center
“When a young girl in Baghdad stops smiling, the sun stops shining, so her father, the townspeople, and a hoopoe bird try their best to find something that will amuse her, to no avail … the simple illustrations, which use flat color and a bold, clean line, are lively and interesting.” The Horn Book Guide