Children’s Book Review: Meet Yasmin!

Multiculturalism Rocks! Children’s Book Review: Meet Yasmin!
Book Title: Meet Yasmin!
Author: Saadia Faruqi
Illustrator: Hatem Aly
Publisher: Picture Window Books
Age Range: 5 to 8 years

If there were ever a main character that I was thrilled to meet, Yasmin is that character.
And I'm equally elated to review Meet Yasmin! – a charming set of stories surrounding
the adventures of this effervescent second-grader.

In Yasmin the Explorer, her Baba teaches her about maps and how every good explorer
needs one. Excited by the prospect of becoming an explorer herself, Yasmin creates her
own map as she and Mama head to the farmer’s market. But when they get separated,
Yasmin must put her map to the test to find her.
In Yasmin the Painter, Yasmin finds herself worrying about the upcoming art contest at 
school – especially because she doesn’t believe she’s very good at it. Even with the help
of Baba and online painting videos, Yasmin has a hard time finding her confidence. But
she must figure out a plan before the big competition.
In the final story, Yasmin the Fashionista, she and Nana have a lot of fun playing dress 
up in Mama’s clothes while Mama and Baba are out. That is until they accidentally wreck
her favorite kameez. Now Yasmin must use her creativity to figure out how fix it before
her parents get home.
Not only is this book brimming with girl power, Faruqi provides fantastic backmatter to 
teach young children about Pakistani culture; which includes facts and a recipe for
Mango Lassi. The book also presents readers with discussion questions about the
challenges Yasmin faces and what they would do if faced with the same obstacles.
 
Aly’s vibrant illustrations perfectly match Yasmin’s bright and electric spirit. I highly
recommend meeting Yasmin with your beginner readers. You’ll be glad you did.
Meet Yasmin! is perfect for: 
The future explorer
The future creator
The future fashionista

Learn More:
Author Saadia Faruqi
Illustrator Hatem Aly

Where to Buy:
Picture Window Books
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Children’s Book Review: The Nian Monster

Multiculturalism Rocks! Children’s Book Review: The Nian Monster
Book Title: The Nian Monster
Author: Andrea Wang
Illustrator: Alina Chau
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.
Age Range: 4 – 8

Happy Chinese New Year! 2019 marks the Year of the Pig, the symbol of wealth
and fortune.
Image credit: ChineseNewYear.net
To celebrate, I’m excited to share this gem of a story, The Nian Monster, which was also 
recently named an APALA Honor book!

As they hang the traditional decorations for their new year celebration, Xingling’s
grandmother explains that these adornments have served as protection from the wicked
Nian monster. Filled with hunger at the start of the year, Nian would gobble up entire
villages – but, then the people figured out how to keep him away.

“Every monster has a weakness. Nian had three – loud sounds, fire, and the color red.
Our traditions have kept Nian away ever since.”
 
Thousands of years later, Nian has returned and is threatening to eat Xinling and the
whole city. Now, it’s up to her to use her clever nature to outsmart the monster and
save the holiday.
This is not only a fun read, but it’s filled with interesting facts about China and its 
rich history.
 
“Nian’s wide, wicked jaws were stuck fast. The grandmothers had used only glutinous
rice flour. The stickiest kind! So sticky it had been used to build the Great Wall.”
Wang’s exhilarating storytelling matched with Chau’s vibrant illustrations makes this 
a truly riveting read for all ages.

BONUS! Alina Chau was kind enough to share a link to a DIY Lunar New Year
Celebration kit that you can do with kids. To download, click here.
Recommended for:
The little thinker
The future creator
The future storyteller
Learn More:
Andrea Wang
Alina Chau

Where to Buy:
Indiebound.org