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SPPS Translations Specialist Publishes Children's Book

Abdullahi Soyan Book Launch Event

Photos by Tusmo Times

Abdullahi Soyan, an SPPS Translations Specialist in the Office of Communications, recently published his first children's picture book called "When River Stopped Singing to Cloud".

The book was inspired by Soyan's observation of our relationships with water and incorporates elements of Somali culture and folklore. The story focuses on the character Awoowe (Grandpa) who experiences culture shock when he arrives in Minnesota as a refugee. Through his vivid storytelling, Awoowe takes his son and grandson on a cross-continental journey to the village of his childhood. There, one night, after a long dry season, he confronts River under the moonlit sky. Can he save his village?

Prior to the book launch, Soyan visited EXPO Elementary to read the book to his son's second-grade class.

Soyan (pen name Abdullahi Janno) is a storyteller whose writing first appeared in Como Park High School’s newspaper, the Como Crier. He hopes to publish more children's books in the future.