Description

It’s the day after the morning that Baba Bozorg forgot to wake up. Before, his snores were so loud you could hear him throughout the house. Today, as his granddaughter explores the familiar halls, it’s quiet. But at every turn she discovers that her Baba Bozorg is still there—he lives on in his favourite fig cookies, his giant slippers, and the sour cherry tree he planted years ago.

Awards

  • Commended, Favourite Books of 2021 2021
  • Commended, A CBC Best Canadian Picture Book of 2021 2021
  • Commended, USBBY Outstanding International Books List 2022
  • Commended, 150 Most Anticipated Fall Books 2021
  • Commended, A Kirkus Best Picture Book of 2021 2021
  • Commended, 100 Favourite Books of 2021 2021
  • Commended, A Best Children's Book of the Year 2022

Reviews

"Kazemi’s illustrations have a soft, filmy quality that suits a story about memories ... The first-person narration, filled with childlike details and tender emotions, reinforces the equally childlike perspective of the delicate art."

- The Horn Book

"A universally relatable story that articulates a difficult concept for younger audiences, with a heartfelt message about loss and the memories of loved ones."

- Booklist - STARRED REVIEW

"The Sour Cherry Tree lives on beyond the page. From the expanse of grief to a message of hope, it embodies what the young girl perhaps most loved about her grandfather: that he loved her."

- Quill & Quire - STARRED REVIEW

"Deeply evocative ... A beautifully poignant celebration of memories of a loved one that live on in those that remain."

- Kirkus Reviews – STARRED REVIEW

"A portrait of a beloved grandfather who kept mints in his pockets, liked fig cookies, and 'spoke Farsi loudly but English quietly.'"

- Publishers Weekly

"This book gives voice to the hidden aspects of grief, the small token, the remembered word or gesture that defines memories. It’s an essential guide to mourning, in its earliest stages, for the young."

- School Library Journal - STARRED REVIEW

"[The Sour Cherry Tree] might help children and their parents to find some comfort in what's left behind."

- NPR

"A lovely addition to the canon of children’s picture books that deal with the death of a grandparent."

- Canadian Review of Materials

"In Ms. Kazemi’s soft, cloudy pictures picked out with tiny details, the girl moves through the rooms of Baba Borzog’s house looking at his things ... In memory, she sees him as he was, with his wry, twinkling eyes under bushy brows and his determination always to wave goodbye until his family was out of sight."

- The Wall Street Journal