Dounia and the Magic Seeds

Marya Zarif

When fleeing her war-ravaged home, a young girl brings four magic seeds to help her family on their difficult journey

Dounia loves her home in Aleppo, Syria, and all of its wonderful smells, sights, and traditions. But when war breaks out, Dounia and her grandparents must flee their home to find safety. Before they go, their neighbor reads their future in a cup of coffee and sees a long, difficult journey ahead, and a blue house waiting at the end.

With only a bird carved from Aleppo soap and four little baraké seeds in her pocket, Dounia and her family face dangerous waters, a camp surrounded by barbed wire, and unfriendly soldiers. Remembering the ancient knowledge that baraké seeds ward off evil, Dounia pulls one from her pocket to use for each of the threats her family faces. Magically, the seeds help the family along their way, until they finally find the blue house prophesied by their neighbor.

Elegant, eye-catching artwork beautifully illustrates one young girl’s strength and resilience as she takes an active part in her own destiny.

Marya Zarif
Regular price $21.95 CAD
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SKU: OB400123n0nn1nWWW | ISBN: 9781771475235

"A moving refugee story laced with optimism and magic."

- Kirkus Reviews

"Zarif has created a powerful and evocative story about the Syrian refugee crisis."

- The Globe and Mail

"This book mixes fantasy with reality to help tell the incredible and harrowing story of migration ... a timely and impactful story."

- Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database

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Publication date

March 15, 2023

Number of pages



Visual Literacy

Interest age

From 5 to 8