Friday, October 19, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday: What Does A Muslim Look Like?

Title: What Does A Muslim Look Like?

Author: Mohamed Abdel-Kader

Illustrator: Abdullah Badawy

Publisher: Twenty Stories Publishing; August 17, 2012

Suitable for: 3 +

Themes/Topics: Muslims, Multicultural, Diversity

Opening: On a bright afternoon in the middle of May, brother Jack and sis Jane left their school to go play.

Book SummaryWhen Jack and Jane make new friends at school, they are surprised to learn that they are Muslim. Their curiosity leads them to discover that Muslims come in all colors and hail from various backgrounds from around the world.

Links to resources:
Coming soon from the author and publisher: lesson plans to go with the book.

Why I like this book:
What does a Muslim look like? Do you know? If you walked down your street or through the mall, could you tell if you saw a Muslim, big or small? "What Does A Muslim Look Like?" is a great introduction for children (and adults alike) to learn who and what a Muslim looks like. The story follows two young children who learn that their new friends are Muslim. But they are confused because their Muslim friends look just like them. Jack and Jane soon discover that Muslims come from all walks of life and different countries around the world, including the US. It is written in fun and simple rhymes. The story does not go into details about the religion per se but mostly describes the diversity of Muslims around the world. 


Susanna Leonard Hill said...

This sounds like a very valuable book for kids on lots of levels, Saba. Thanks for sharing it. I like the idea that you can't tell from the outside, but should look at what's inside - very "can't judge a book by its cover" :)

Kirsten Larson said...

I was intrigued by the title of this book. I think if everyone in America read this book, it would go a long way to making us more tolerant.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book. I agree with Susanna that it's important to teach kids you can't tell from the outside and should look inside.