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Salima Lives in Kashmir
Author Vera Forsberg
Original title Salima bor i Kashmir
Illustrator Anna Riwkin-Brick
Country  Sweden
Language Swedish
Series Children's Everywhere
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Rabén & Sjögren
Publication date
Published in English
Preceded by Matti Lives in Finland 

Salima Lives in Kashmir (original title: Salima bor i Kashmir), is the title of a book by the Swedish photograph Anna Riwkin-Brick. In 1970 the book was published by Rabén & Sjögren as the last book in the photo book series Children's Everywhere. Authors like Astrid Lindgren, Leah Goldberg, Eugénie Söderberg, Elly Jannes and Cordelia Edvardson wrote for the same series.


Salima lives on a houseboat in Srinagar, which is the largest city in Kashmir. Salmia's younger brother Nazir goes to school while Salima stays home to look after her younger sister. Nazirs classmates are almost all boys. Only one girl is in the class. Nazir wants his sister Salima to come to school as well. However, his teacher tells him that his father and grandfather have to decide this. Nazir wants to talk with his grandfather, but his grandfather just laughs. He thinks that is a strange idea to send a girl to school. Furthermore he mentions that there are many things that Salima has to learn from her mother at home. Now, Salima wants to prove to her grandfather that she is very smart and is able to go to school. She helps her mother wherever she can. When Salimas grandfather meets Nazir's teacher, the teacher tells the old man, that he should let his granddaughter come to school. Finally the grandfather agrees. Salima is happy. After some time she already is able to read, write and sum up. She reads the newspaper to her grandfather.


Salima Lives in Kashmir is the last out of 15 books from the series Children's Everywhere. In 1969, photographer Anna Riwkin-Brick traveled to Kashmir to take photos for the book. Later, Vera Forsberg wrote a text to the photos. Vera Forsberg also wrote the text to another book of the series: Gennet Lives in Ethiopia. Salima Lives in Kashmir has been translated into many languages, including English, Hebrew, Norwegian and German.

In Israel, the series Children's Everywhere, which also includes Salima from Kashmir, was a great success, thanks to the translations of Leah Goldberg. In 2014, Israeli director Dvorit Shargal shot a 50-minute documentary titled Where is Elle Kari and what happened to Noriko-san?, which deals with some of the books from the series. After the release of the film nine stories of the Children's Everywhere series were reissued in Israel, including Salima Lives in Kashmir.


  • Salima bor i Kashmir, Rabén & Sjögren, 1970, Swedish Edition
  • Salima Lives in Kashmir, Methuen & Co, 1971, British Edition
  • Salima Lives in Kashmir, Macmillan 1971, US-american Edition
  • Salima aus Kaschmir, Oetinger Verlag, 1971, German Edition
  • Salimah hayaldah mi-Ḳashmir, Merḥaviah: Sifriyat Po‛alim, 1973, Israeli Edition
  • Salima bor i Kashmir, Gyldendal, 1971, Norwegian Edition
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