The Story of Hurry
Not since Monroe Leaf’s bestselling The Story of Ferdinand—a simple anti-war story about animals that was first published 80 years ago, banned in Spain and Germany and sells around the world now—has there been such a gentle, compelling book about animals and war.
In Hurry, author Emma Williams and illustrator Ibrahim Quraishi have created a book for today that is as provocative—and as soothing—as Ferdinand continues to be. Hurry tells the story of a donkey who witnesses the sadness and suffering and fear of children in occupied Gaza, and who helps them the only way he can: by turning into a zebra with the help of a zookeeper, his best friend, and some paint, so that these children can taste the freedom of traveling in their imaginations to far-off places. The book includes an appendix with text and photos that describes the true events on which the story is based. But it is the story itself as told by Emma Williams, together with the wry and playful illustrations of Ibrahim Quraishi, that gives us the clairvoyance of children to see the world in which we live, with all its wonder and pathos, more clearly than countless fact-finding missions, political tracts or political analyses.
About Emma Williams and Ibrahim Quraishi
Emma Williams studied history at Oxford University and medicine at London University. As a doctor she has worked in the UK, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the WEst Bank, the US and South Africa. Her memoir of living in Jerusalem during the Second Intifada (It's Easier to reach Heaven than the End of the Street) came out in 2006. She has four children and currently lives in New York City.
Ibrahim Quraishi (b. 1973) is an artist who works with different mediums like photography, photo painting, video, film, installation, performance, dance and theatre. A co-founder of Cie. Faim de Siècle in Paris, his primary interest is the exploration of understanding visual performativity and its relationship to the broader cultural perspectives and their schisms.