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Sitti's Bird

A Gaza Story

Published by Crocodile Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

The story of how a little girl in Gaza finds strength and hope through her painting

Malak is a little girl that lives in Gaza with her parents. She goes to school, plays in the ocean, and visits her Sitti’s house on Fridays. One day while she is in school, airstrikes begin. She spends the next 50 days at home with her parents worrying and feeling scared, until one day she picks up her paint brush…

Sitti’s Bird: A Gaza Story is a unique children’s picture book, written and illustrated by Palestinian artist, Malak Mattar. Reflecting her experiences of childhood in Palestine, it tells the story of her rebirth as an artist during the 2014 airstrikes on Gaza and teaches children how to overcome and channel their fears.

Malak Mattar is a Palestinian artist from Gaza. She began painting at age 13, during the 51-day Israeli military assault on Gaza in 2014. Unable to leave Gaza, she built up a reputation for her artwork through social media, garnering attention from around the world. Now Malak’s art has been featured in exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. Sitti’s Bird is her first book.