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King of the Skies

by (author) Rukhsana Khan

illustrated by Laura Fernandez & Rick Jacobson

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2001
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2001
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Before dawn on the day of Basunt, the first day of spring, a boy pulls himself up to the roof, to launch is kite into the skies. He is eager to get his kite airborne. He has worked long and hard to make his the best kite ever. It's small, but built for speed, with two long streamers that look like legs flying over the rooftops. Through skill and daring he battles with the other kites — big kites, little kites, fancy and plain kites — and beats them all. For it is on this one day that he is better than everyone else — on Basunt, he is king of the skies.

About the authors

Rukhsana Khan was born in Lahore, Pakistan and immigrated to Canada, with her family, at the age of three. She grew up in the small town of Dundas, Ontario. Rukhsana once asked her mother what her name meant. Her mother said it was the name of a queen and it meant ‘girl with rosy cheeks’. When Rukhsana grew up she wanted to change her name to something else but her family urged her not to. They said it suited her well. To many people her name sounds like "Roxanne". Roxanne was the legendary queen of Alexander the Great, who is also a well known historical figure in Asian countries, so it could very well be the same name. Rukhsana began by writing for community magazines and went on to write songs and stories for the Adam's World children's videos. She currently has seven books published and others under contract. Napoleon has published Muslim Child, the rights to which have also been sold in the United States to Albert Whitman and Co. Her next book for Napoleon, Many Windows, will be published in 2008. Rukhsana is a member of SCBWI, The Writers Union of Canada, CANSCAIP, Storytellers of Canada, and the Storytelling School of Toronto. She tells tales of India, Persia and the Middle East, as well as her own stories. She lives in Toronto with her husband and family. She has four children: three girls and a boy.

Rukhsana Khan's profile page

Laura Fernandez and Rick Jacobson are an award-winning husband-and-wife team who have illustrated a number of beautiful picture books for children. Their works have earned them the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award. Rick and Laura live in Toronto with their three children. Visit their web site at

Laura Fernandez's profile page

Rick Jacobson's profile page


  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice
  • Commended, Resource Links Best of the Year
  • Commended, Ontario Library Association (OLA) Best Bet

Editorial Reviews

“?[a]beautiful and satisfying story?the story's eloquence is matched by the elegant book design and luminous oil paintings?Highly Recommended.? (CM Magazine)

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