Monday, June 4, 2012

Recommended Picture Book: Sameerah's Hijab and the First Day of School

Title: Sameerah's Hijab and the First Day of School

Author: Janette Grant

Illustrator: Fatimah Ashaela Moore

Publisher: Creative Education and Publishing

Topics/Theme: hijab, new school, friendship, making new friends, people & cultures: Yemen

Age: 4 and up

Summary:
Sameerah has moved to the United States from Yemen and has brought a treasured portion of her culture with her. in this story about a little girl's love for her hijab, see how not only she shares her culture with new friends but also how she learns about her new home and classmates. 

Resources:
Learn fast and interesting facts about Yemen. Check out more facts here. Locate Yemen on the map.
Make your own hijab

Why I like this book:
We have all, at some time in our lives, had to leave behind old friends and places to experience new ones whether going to a new neighborhood, school, city, state, or country. In this story, Sameerah must learn to adjust to a new country and school when she and her parents arrive to the US from Yemen. Sameerah is not sure if she will fit in at her new school. Sameerah faces her fears head on as she teaches her new classmates all about her culture and hijab. But Sameerah does more than just share her religious and cultural background, she also learns about the religious and cultural backgrounds of her classmates. She makes friends with a couple of girls who are impressed with her hijab and the fact that her mother sews them. :) A great book to encourage young girls going into school who may or may not wear hijab but still would like to share their culture, religion and heritage with others.

1 comment:

Samantha Wallace said...

The book looks like a good book for children about to go to school.