Illustrated by :Morteza Zahedi ,
Translated by :Helen Mixter ,
Translated by :Shadi Eskandani
Imprint:Groundwood Books - Toronto
Form detail:Picture book
Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 7, Grade (US) 3
Dimensions:8.25in x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 0.66 lb
Page Count:24 pages
This extraordinary little book gives us a glimpse into the world of a young boy who has lost his mother and one of his legs in the Iran-Iraq war. We meet the boy in his room, where he recreates the conflict with an imaginary enemy and soldiers, trying to avenge his losses. The boy's father urges him to take off his artificial leg when he is at home, to join his uncles and aunties who have arrived for dinner. But when he does, he finds out that they are all about to go off to meet his new mother.
Back in his room he meets an enemy soldier who is also missing a limb. Identifying with this soldier, the boy offers him his artificial leg. And as he does, his mother smiles down on him from her picture on the wall, acknowledging his hurt and giving him comfort.
A young boy who lost his leg - and his mother - in the Iran-Iraq war confronts an imaginary enemy and has an uplifting revelation. - Stephanie Simpson McLellan, Today's Parent
...an effective springboard for thought and discussion about war’s effects on the innocent. - John Peters, Booklist
In its excellent English translation, it can now help western readers understand the suffering of children who live in war zones or have disabilities... "Good Night, Commander" makes peace from even the worst of situations. - Charlotte Richardson, papertigers.org
A powerful messge in just 24 pages. - Marilynne Black, CM
...unusual and disquieting... - School Library Journal