I am starting a new series of posts and it is about books that I read or read with my daughter, Alya. Alya is 6 and she is already quite interested in Arts. She is fascinated by calligraphy and Islamic geometric patterns. I picked up this book at our local library. Needless to say, I was immediately attracted to the cover. We were in a hurry so I did not read the synopsis as I always do before checking out books. Who wants to carry extra loads of book that are not quite meaningful? In fact, although the book was in the children section, I picked it for me. Little did I know that this book is about Ali who lives in Baghdad, a city in war and to my surprise, I am Ali.