Wednesday, July 11, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: The Sigh by Marjane Satrapi

The Sigh by Marjane Satrapi

Hardcover:  56 pages
Publisher:  Archaia Entertainment (December 13, 2011)
Language:  English
Reading Level:  8 and up


Rose is one of three daughters of a rich merchant who always brings gifts for his girls from the market. One day Rose asks for the seed of a blue bean, but he fails to find one for her. She lets out a sigh in resignation, and her sigh attracts the Sigh, a mysterious being that brings the seed she desired to the merchant. But every debt has to be paid, and every gift has a price, and the Sigh returns a year later to take the merchant’s daughter to a secret and distant palace.

My Thoughts: 

The Sigh is about a merchant and his three daughters and before each journey he asks them for whatever their hearts desires.  Only this time  he is unable to satisfy Rose, his youngest daughter's wish and she attracts "Ah, the Sigh".  He tells her father that he will give him the seed of a blue bean and one day he will return to ask for a favour.  The father agrees and everyone is happy until exactly one year later...

The father must now accept the terms of agreement and with deep regrets he allows Rose to leave with Ah and step into whatever fate decrees for them all.

Along the journey Rose encounters many lessons in life and from each she learns something new and takes it with her to her next moment.  

I loved the richness of the book, the illustrations were done in a cartoony~ish way that will delight young readers and the cover is just gorgeous.  The book is quite charming to read and the morals and tenets that the reader peruses as you follow Rose on her journey into humanity are lessons that many people should incorporate into their lives.

I was impressed with the direction that the story took and was pleased with the outcome and I feel that young readers would truly enjoy reading the story of Rose and her sigh.

I would give The Sigh a three and half stars out of five.

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