Mama Shamsi at the Bazaar

Mama Shamsi at the Bazaar
Co-Authors / Illustrators
Age Range
Release Date
February 28, 2023
Buy This Book
It's market day for Samira and her grandma! The bazaar is crowded, but this sweet pair knows how to stick together in this silly picture book set in Iran.

Mama Shamsi is off to the market, and today, Samira gets to go with her! Samira loves spending time with her grandmother, and she especially loves her chador, which Mama Shamsi wraps around herself every time they leave the house. As the pair get closer and closer to the market, Samira is worried about getting lost in the crowded streets of Tehran, until she has an idea: She can hide under her grandmother's chador. But when Mama Shamsi says no—if Samira hides under there, the pair of them will look like a strange animal! In imaginary spreads, Samira and Mama Shamsi turn into a donkey, a giraffe, a kangaroo, a turtle—hiding isn't working at all. But maybe there's some other way for Samira to stay safe with her grandma in the crowded market.

Editor review

1 review
Good Representation, Loving Grandmother
Overall rating
Writing Style
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
It is Samira’s first time going to market with her grandmother in Tehran. She is worried about getting lost and wants to hide in Mama Shamsi’s Chador. I loved the humor of the grandmother who allayed her granddaughter’s fears by telling her she couldn’t hide and all the silly animals they would look like if she did try to hide. The illustrations were rich with detail in bringing Tehran to life in a positive way.
Final Verdict: The authors said in a note that the chador is often used as a symbol of misunderstanding and hate by those from outside the culture. The goal was to show the chador as a warm and comforting space. With that goal in mind, the authors did an excellent job. I can imagine how little kids would play in the chador and smell the familiar scents of the loving family member who wears it. This book makes a positive impression without being preachy. It is a child’s tale that gives those outside the culture some understanding of their perspective while being a book that is relatable to those who share the culture. All children should have good books that represent their truths and this book looks like it has a good representation of an underrepresented and often misunderstood minority that will be good for American audiences.
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.
Already have an account? or Create an account