Qu Qu Qu Barg-e Chinaar: The Afghan Songbook.

a. The Songbook cover (“Poems for Children”). b. Louise Pascale with her students.
Kabul, 1966-1968

Louise Pascale became interested in Afghan children’s songs while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in Kabul. When she learned there was no formal collection of lyrics and melodies for young people, she compiled the Songbook and her students created the illustrations. In March 2007, the Afghan Embassy in Washington, D.C., republished this volume, sending 25,000 copies to Afghanistan in the hope of rekindling traditional folk songs
in schools and orphanages.

Courtesy of the Louise Pascale and Jim Soules Collection.
Photograph by Jim Soules.

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