Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received this ARC for an honest review.
MEET YASMIN … the Explorer who discovers how useful maps can be. The Painter, finding inspiration after much frustration, the Builder of Bridges, and the Fashionista, who creates a unique style all her own in each adventure-filled chapter.
Yasmin and her Pakistani American family will delight you. Yasmin shares her problem-solving skills in creative and inventive ways. She’s quite the visionary. Readers go to school with Yasmin, enter an art competition, become lost at the farmer’s market, and share in the horror of ripping her mother’s most beautiful silk kameez. But Yasmin has ideas and she gets to work!
Yasmin’s a spunky, smart, and courageous second-grader; her family life is fun and nurturing. We learn a few words in Urdu, a language from Pakistan, and there’s a delicious recipe for a yogurt drink called Lassi, plus, a bookmark craft that’s simple enough for young hands. MEET YASMIN is a welcome addition to the chapter book market. I look forward to reading more of Yasmin’s trials and learning how she tackles them. I’m sure kids will too!
Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author, essayist and interfaith activist. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan and currently resides in Houston, TX with her husband and two children. She writes for a number of publications online about the global contemporary Muslim experience. She is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose. Her short stories have been published in several American literary journals. "Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan" is her debut fiction book. Her early reader series Meet Yasmin (Capstone, 2018) features a Pakistani American little girl.