The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story
Tilbury House Publishers and Cadent Publishing, Feb 18, 2020 - Juvenile Fiction - 36 pages
2021 ARAB AMERICAN CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD WINNER
Children's Africana Book Award (CABA) 2021 Honor Book
NCSS 2021 Notable Social Studies Book
Kanzi’s family has moved from Egypt to America, and on her first day in a new school, what she wants more than anything is to fit in. Maybe that’s why she forgets to take the kofta sandwich her mother has made for her lunch, but that backfires when Mama shows up at school with the sandwich. Mama wears a hijab and calls her daughter Habibti (dear one). When she leaves, the teasing starts.
That night, Kanzi wraps herself in the beautiful Arabic quilt her teita (grandma) in Cairo gave her and writes a poem in Arabic about the quilt. Next day her teacher sees the poem and gets the entire class excited about creating a “quilt” (a paper collage) of student names in Arabic. In the end, Kanzi’s most treasured reminder of her old home provides a pathway for acceptance in her new one.
This authentic story with beautiful illustrations includes a glossary of Arabic words and a presentation of Arabic letters with their phonetic English equivalents.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - deslivres5 - LibraryThing
Lovely illustrated picture book about Kanzi, a recent Egyptian immigrant to the U.S. with her family. She is starting third grade and comes upon some teasing issues on the first day of school. How her teacher deals with the teasing and fosters kindness and pride of heritage is wonderful. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - managedbybooks - LibraryThing
This was really cute and I loved the illustration style! This was very wholesome and I loved the way this introduces different cultural aspects in ways that children can grasp and recognize. Read full review