It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday! For more reviews, go to author Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book page. Today’s pick is:
Written by: Hena Khan
Illustrated by: Mehrdokht Amini
Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 6, 2012)
Suitable for grades: PreK-2
Themes/Topics: celebrating holidays, community, cultural awareness
Brief Synopsis: Beautifully written and illustrated, this book highlights the colorful world of Islam. A little girl takes the reader with her as she navigates her world showing different parts of her culture that kids can easily relate to like clothing, food and different celebrations.
Opening pages: “Red is the rug Dad kneels on to pray, facing toward Mecca, five times a day.”
“Blue is the hijab Mom like to wear. It’s a scarf she uses to cover her hair.”
Why I like this book: I enjoy books that address culture. Others can peek inside the lives of those who may seem very different only to realize the things we enjoy and hold dear are often the same but celebrated differently.
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