Arab Arab All Year Long!

Arab Arab All Year Long!
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Release Date
June 14, 2022
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Yallah! From January to December, join some busy kids as they partake in traditions old and new. There’s so much to do, whether it’s learning to write Arabic or looking at hijab fashion sites while planning costumes for a local comic convention. With details as vivid as the scent of jasmine and honeysuckle perfume (made to remind Mom of Morocco), children bond with friends, honor tradition, and spend loving timewith family. Accompanied by buoyant and charming illustrations, this portrait of Arab life and childhood zealis sure to bring joy all year round. Back matter includes an extensive glossary and notes to enrich the experience for readers of any culture.

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Going through the calendar year, this book showcases different experiences from a wide range of Muslim viewpoints. From teaching classmates about Ramadan to baking traditional treats with grandmother to learning Arabic letters, children are shown interacting with family and celebrating various aspects of their culture and faith. While not all of the perspectives are Muslim, many are, and holidays and hijabs are discussed. Mainly, though, there are cultural touchpoints that affect every day life, with a few specific countries such as Morocco being showcased.
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The pink, green, gold, and white illustrations also depict a range of complexions and hairstyles the show the differences in Arab backgrounds. Different clothing, like the keffiyeh, and practices, such as henna parties, get brief mentions as the calendar months turn. There are a variety of different foods, such as stuffed grape leaves, pomegranates, and maamoul that almost beg for recipes to be included.

Notes and a glossary at the back offer some more background description of phrases, items, and historical occurrences that some readers might not know, which is a bit help. Camper's authors note at the end addresses the fact that there is no universal definition of who is Arab, but indicates that families coming from the Middle East of northern Africa might have this background, although not all do. The Arab League, and its list of countries that are members, is mentioned, which is also helpful.

Khan's Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes is a good introduction to Muslim culture, but I haven't seen a book like this that is a good overview of Arab culture. It's a good addition to picture books like Saleh's The Great Labne Trade or Tamaddon's My Maman that highlight a variety of backgrounds that children in the US might not have experienced, or for children with similar backgrounds who want to see their lives reflected in a book.
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