Following Basketball Dreams

Today’s book is about following basketball dreams.  Zayd is obsessed with hoops, but his parents prefer the violin.  When kids don’t have the time for everything, how does a family decide what to pursue?  It isn’t always so easy to decide.

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Title: Power Forwardfollowing basketball dreams power forward

Author: Hena Khan

Target: Grades 2-5

Series: Yes

What this book is about:

Zayd just wants to play basketball.  His mom just wants him to play the violin.  When he gets caught going to basketball practice instead of orchestra, his parents make him take a break from basketball.  But Zayd knows what makes him happy.  How can he get the message across to his parents?

Why I love this book:

  • First off this book is from the imprint Salaam Reads, a part of Simon & Schuster, which introduces kids to children of Muslim faith and lets Muslim kids see themselves in books.  This book is wonderful in how it shows a Muslim boy who has the same hopes and dreams as his non-Muslim counterparts and parents with the same crazy set of expectations! His faith is not the center of the book, but simply an extension of his character.
  • Zayd’s dilemma is one that so many kids face.  Should they do the thing they love or the thing their parents want them to do.  Zayd realizes that his parent’s desire to see him play the violin comes from a good place, but it is just not something he enjoys.  Sound familiar?
  • I really liked his uncle Mamoo.  Every kid needs someone who isn’t their parent to help guide them and offer advice.  And as it turns out, Zayd can help out Mamoo in the end too.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who like sports stories.  Kids who enjoy the Fred Bowen books or the Amare Stoudemire series will like this one.

Final thoughts:

Zayd is a great character and kids will be rooting for him.

To purchase this book:

Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Power Forward.  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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