內容簡介 「如果你想向別人展示慈悲，便應該先從善待身邊一切做起。」於敘利亞內戰中駕駛救護車運送傷者的Alaa聽見路邊貓兒的呼喚，這些小動物就像人們一樣、飽受戰爭帶來的飢餓、恐懼與孤獨所苦。他餵養並對貓兒們釋出關愛，隨著時間過去、愈來愈多貓兒往此處聚集。他成立當地首間貓咪庇護所，但動物的數量超出Alaa所能負荷的範圍，若想要幫助這些新朋友他需要其他人的幫助──這樣善行感動全世界無數人們，來自各地的善款除了用在動物身上外，也會用來幫助深受戰爭所苦的當地居民。嚴酷戰火中的人性光輝悄然閃爍，成為內戰中為數不多的溫暖......The Caldecott Honor-winning true story of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, who in the midst of the Syrian Civil War courageously offered safe haven to Aleppo's abandoned cats. Aleppo's city center no longer echoes with the rich, exciting sounds of copper-pot pounding and traditional sword sharpening. His neighborhood is empty--except for the many cats left behind. Alaa loves Aleppo, but when war comes his neighbors flee to safety, leaving their many pets behind. Alaa decides to stay--he can make a difference by driving an ambulance, carrying the sick and wounded to safety. One day he hears hungry cats calling out to him on his way home. They are lonely and scared, just like him. He feeds and pets them to let them know they are loved. The next day more cats come, and then even more There are too many for Alaa to take care of on his own. Alaa has a big heart, but he will need help from others if he wants to keep all of his new friends safe.
作者介紹 Karim Shamsi-Basha Karim Shamsi-Basha immigrated to the United States from Damascus in 1984. While in Syria, he spent a year at the University of Aleppo and got to know the people of that ancient city. All of Karim's work embodies love as a universal truth. His desire for people to love one another is where his personal and professional goals intersect. Irene Latham Irene Latham is the author of hundreds of poems and nearly twenty current and forthcoming poetry, fiction, and picture books. Winner of the 2016 ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, she lives on a lake in rural Alabama, where the queen of the house is a cat named Maggie. Yuko Shimizu Yuko Shimizu has been drawing and painting ever since she can remember, and has loved animals just as long. Though she has been illustrating for magazines, newspapers, and books longer than you have lived, this is only her second picture book (Barbed Wire Baseball, 2013). Yuko lives and works with a rescued senior Chihuahua named Bear, who is probably smaller than the cats in Alaa's sanctuary.