The Arabic Quilt

The Arabic Quilt : An Immigrant Story

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 36 pages
  • 229 x 254mm
  • United States
  • English
  • full color
  • 0884487547
  • 9780884487548
  • 1,326,508

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This beautifully illustrated book comes at a time when it's really important to learn about immigrants, their cultures, and how to be accepting. The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story is about Kanzi, a little girl who wraps herself in the quilt her teita (grandma) gave her. After Kanzi writes a poem about said quilt, her teacher at school sees it and wants to create a paper collage quilt featuring the student's names in Arabic. "In the end, Kanzi's most treasured reminder of her old home provides a pathway for acceptance in her new one," the Goodreads description notes.

And an added bonus to this story? There's a glossary of Arabic words and a "presentation of Arabic letters with their phonetic English equivalents," teaching children about another culture while reading a fun story. You can grab this story about acceptance in Feb. 2020.

-- (12/29/2019)
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