As a young girl in Afghanistan, one of my favorite stories was Buzaak Chinie (The Porcelain Goat).

I used to retell stories like Buzaak Chinie to my cousins and friends. Other stories I loved included Araqchin Talla (The Golden hat), Ali Banna Geer (Ali the Complainer), and Seebi Khal Dar ( The Apple with Mole). My father noticed my passion for stories and bought books for me and helped me to read them.

I made a promise to myself that one day I would retell and illustrate these wonderful stories. I want Americans to see more of the cultural beauty of Afghanistan. I want the same for Afghan children who have been deprived of this beautiful and imaginative part of their culture.

A percentage of the sales of this book will be used to reprint Buzaak Chinie in Dari for children in Afghanistan.