Rest in My Shade
A Poem about Roots
Nora Lester Murad and Danna Masad, with illustrations by Palestinian artists
published 2019 • 8" x 8" • 48 pages • full-color throughout
ISBN 9781623719692 • hardback • $20.00 •
A MOVING POEM THAT ECHOES THE LOVE PALESTINIANS HAVE FOR THEIR OLIVE TREES AND THEIR DEEP CONNECTION TO THEIR LAND
FEATURES SEVENTEEN MAJOR PALESTINIAN ARTISTS
Rest in My Shade is a poetic story about displacement, identity and loss recited by an ancient olive tree. It is illustrated with olive trees created in various media by Palestinian artists living around the world.
Millions of people are being uprooted, separated from their families, and risk losing their culture as a result of war, poverty, repression, and climate injustice. Rest in My Shade is a tool for building understanding, compassion, and dialog. Together, we can build a truly just world—one in which we can all live where we want, move freely and without fear, value and share the traditions that make us who we are, and feel dignity and acceptance wherever we are.
Nora Lester Murad, originally from California, raised her three Palestinian-American daughters in Jerusalem. She now lives in New York. She was inspired to write this story by her father-in-law whose love for his olive trees echoes the deep connection between Palestinians and their land throughout the generations and across the continents. Danna Masad, originally from Zeita village, was born and raised in Ramallah, Palestine. She is an environmentalist, activist, and architect with a deep love for her land and people. Her inspiration for this story comes from witnessing the deep connection that developed over a lifetime between her grandmother and the olive trees she tended.
Olive Branch Press
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