Each page generated new questions from my seven-year-old and a more heavy-hearted look. (The two-year-old lost interest in the text and seemed to find the images too difficult.) Although this is not a book one could read every day, لو كنت طائرا does help open up a discussion about the separation wall—and all separation walls—from a child’s-eye view. Also, profits from the sale of the book are being used to help build libraries in Palestine.
The illustrations do seem to shy away from the reader a little, going milky and impressionistic when they need to face the child head-on. The illustrations in في مدينتي حرب, also written by Sharafeddine, approach the reader much more effectively. (I also feel a greater sense of overcoming in في مدينتي حرب, and thus could read it more often.)
لو كنت طائرا is available from Kalimat Books. Read more about it here.