Oh We Wish: Hantoush, My Lamb, Spread Your Wings!

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Abby Zimet

Saleha Hamdeen, a 14-year-old Bedouin Palestinian who lives in a tent with 70 sheep amidst land that is mined, won the international Hans Christian Andersen Award for her fairy tale "Hantoush," about the flying sheep who helps her escape the sound of bullets to go play World Cup soccer in Barcelona. Heartbreaking.

"Sh-h-h, get closer, get closer! I will tell you my secret. I have a flying sheep! His name is Hantoush. He is black with long ears and 2 wings that he hides under his fleece. He only takes them out when I want to escape and whisper in his ear, “Hantoush, my lamb, spread your wings from under your wool!” I sing this in his ear when the soldiers start shooting! Then, I climb on his back and ride to the skies."

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