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Rest in My Shade: A Poem About Roots
Rest in My Shade: A Poem  About Roots

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Rest in My Shade

By Nora Lester Murad and Danna Masad

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, loss and belonging recited by an uprooted ancient olive tree. Rest in My Shade features art created in various media by eighteen prominent 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 dialogue. Co-authors Nora Lester Murad and Danna Masad believe that together we can build a world in which we can all live without fear, move freely, value and share the cultures and traditions that make us who we are, and feel dignity and acceptance everywhere.

Rest in My Shade is a perfect gift, coffee table book, or tool for discussions by adults and children about today's global refugee and migration crises. Lovers of poetry, art, and Palestinian history will be especially touched, but all readers will come away with new awareness of the universality of the experience of displacement.

About the Authors

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.

But she found the existing Arabic alphabet books difficult to follow, and the script was always too small. It was hard to discern where one letter ended and the next started. She began to visualize the ideal book for the beginner, with large, colorful letters and step-by-step instructions on how to draw, connect, and pronounce them. She would teach readers how to write their own names in Arabic, and make the individual letters easy to find by presenting them in the same order as the English alphabet. Thus "Sugar comes from Arabic: A beginner's guide to Arabic letters and words" was born and is now in its second printing.


  • Hardcover: 48 pages
    Publisher: Olive Branch Press
    Language: English
    ISBN: 978-1623719692

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