Spirited New Entrant in Early Chapter Books

Today I have a spirited new entrant in early chapter books.  Yasmin is spunky, inquisitive and a Pakistani American, making her a wonderful way to expand the types of characters we show kids in their reading selections.  The book even has a section at the end to share facts about Pakistan and learn a little Urdu!

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Title: Meet Yasmin!spirited new entrant in early chapter books meet Yasmin

Author: Saadia Faruqi

Target: Kindergarten-Grade 2

Series: This is the first book in a planned series.

What this book is about:

In this book, Yasmin has four adventures.  First, she gets lost at the market and has to use her map to find the way to her mother.  Next, she must submit a painting for the class art competition, but Yasmin feels her art skills are lacking.  In the third story, her class builds a town, but Yasmin is having trouble deciding what to construct. Finally, in the last story Yasmin and her grandmother put on a fashion show, but a ripped kameez calls for an innovative fix and Yasmin’s true sense of fashion shines through.

Why I love this story:

  • Yasmin is from a Pakistani American family and that is part of the charm of the book.  It is a wonderful way to show readers that families who wear hijabs, eat naan and speak Urdu are just the same as families who don’t. They love spending time together, they love to laugh, and they encourage each other to be their best.  They even get scared and frustrated at all the same things.
  • The illustrator Hatem Aly has done a wonderful job of capturing the colorful personality of Yasmin.  The pictures are charming, endearing and fun.
  • Most kids will relate to the feeling of not being very good at something or having trouble coming up with an idea in class.  Yasmin’s trials are very relevant to this age group.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids starting early chapter books.  Lots of pictures and short chapters with big print make this one easier to tackle.  Kids who like Jasmine Toguchi and Princess in Black should like this one.

Final thoughts:

Lovely to see this type of diversity in early chapter books.

To purchase this book:

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