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Celebrate the beauty and diversity of life in the Arab diaspora throughout the year.
Wrapping grape leaves, playing doumbek, drawing henna tattoos,
we’re Arab, Arab, Arab, the whole year through!
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 time with family. Accompanied by buoyant and charming illustrations, this portrait of Arab life and childhood zeal is sure to bring joy all year round. Back matter includes an extensive glossary and notes to enrich the experience for readers of any culture.
About the Author
Cathy Camper is the author of the Lowriders series, illustrated by Raúl the Third; Ten Ways to Hear Snow, illustrated by Kenard Pak; and several other books for young readers. She is a proud Arab American of Lebanese descent and a founding member of the Portland Women of Color zine collective. Cathy Camper currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she has worked as a writer, artist, and librarian.
Sawsan Chalabi is an award-winning artist and designer. She is the illustrator of H Is for Haiku, written by Sydell Rosenberg. Born in Lebanon, Sawsan Chalabi now lives in the Washington, DC, area.
A generous and helpful introduction to the richness and variety of what it means to be Arab that will have readers comparing and contrasting scenes with their own family activities.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Camper offers 12 charming glimpses into the experience of being Arab in the diaspora, organized across the months of the year and accompanied by heartwarming, loose-lined digital illustrations.
A detailed patchwork of representative food, clothing, music, celebration, art, and history, the sum of which gives a joyfully round impression of the richness and diversity found within Arab culture. . . . A lovely tribute to an underrepresented ethnic group.