The Carpet: An Afghan Family Story (Hardcover)

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By Dezh Azaad, Nan Cao (Illustrator)
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This is a story of family and finding home no matter where you are. The colorful pictures will keep any reader engaged, and the tale of a day in the life of a young Afghan refugee child will touch anyone who cracks open this book. The carpet in this story is a place to gather, eat, and tell stories, and is very much a center of life for the family as they navigate their days. If you’re looking for a story that is both near and far, this is it. Perfect for reading out loud!



— From Juicy June Staff Picks


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.

About the Author

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. Visit him online at Nan Cao is a New York-based illustrator. Her work is inspired by surrealistic imagery and her daily life in the big city. When she is not drawing, Cao loves to hang out with the squirrels in the park, daydream under the sun, or get lost in her book collection. She has worked with clients such as Johns Hopkins Magazine, Anorak Magazine, Link NYC, Bulletin Magazine, Spectrum, and Washingtonian magazine. Cao holds an MFA in illustration as visual essay from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been recognized by American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, AOI, 3x3, and Creative Quarterly.

Praise For…

“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
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419763618
ISBN-10: 141976361X
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English