Asli’s Story (SE)

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In Asli’s Story the reader will follow a girl named Asli and her family. The book starts with the civil war in Somalia and how it forced Asli and her family to flee their home for a very different country. Children will read about the many changes that Asli face as she adjusts to life in New Zealand.

The features in this book are:

  • A biography based on an interview
  • The theme of overcoming difficulties
  • Factual information which is combined with narrative
  • Family photos and memorabilia
  • Maps and time lines
  • Specialised vocabulary:- mosque, Ramadan, hijab, sorghum and Koran

Asli’s Story can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills:

  • Making and revising predictions
  • Using graphic sources of information
  • Discussing the author’s intention
  • Discussing issues raised in the text
  • Rewriting text from a different point of view
  • Using the text as a springboard to independent research
  • Exploring a character’s feelings

Themes covered in this book are: Journeys, Personal Change, Family, Character education

Reading Level:29-30 Sapphire

AuthorAdrienne Jansen

SeriesSkyrider Chapters

Year Level5


Guided Reading Level30


Theme/TopicFamily | Journeys | Personal Change

Strategy/SkillsAuthor's purpose | Character study | Making predictions | Using graphic sources

Page Count32