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Yo Soy Muslim: A Father's Letter to His Daughter Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-20 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1481489364
LANGUAGE:English

" “No matter what they say, know you are wondrous.A child of crescent moons,a builder of mosques,a descendant of brilliance,an ancestor in training.”Beautiful! Written as a message to his daughter, Gonzales tells her to speak up for her beliefs and her heritage. He teaches her how to listen for and see God in nature and what to say when someone asks where she came from and who she is. And the illustrations are just gorgeous! " said.

" In this letter to his daughter, a father tells his daughter to embrace her unique qualities and celebrate her identity. The story is short and inspires the reader to also embrace themselves. Could be a good conversations starter about how good differences can be. It would be interesting to read this with students and facilitate a discussion about the unique characteristics and cultures all students bring to the classroom. " said.

" WE NEED MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS. Thank you to Salaam Reads from Simon and Schuster for publishing this!A lovely picture book that is written from a Muslim father to his daughter of Hispanic and Muslim descent."And there will come a day when some people in the world will not smile at you. On that day, tell them this: 'Yo soy Muslim. I am from Allah, angels, and a place almost as old as time.'" Sigh. Beautiful. " said.

"Gorgeous poetic prose distinguishes this celebration of God as a father sings to his daughter of Allah. Multicultural references abound: Latin American and Middle Eastern, Spanish and Arabic, Western and Eastern, country and city. Lush digital illustrations in deep colors evoke the old and new of the cultures, from ancient motifs of horses to the Crocs the wide eyed little girl wears on her feet; from the mother's beautiful tapestried hijab to the cactuses of the desert. A book to be read aloud or pondered for its poetry, for those of any religion.
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" 1/5/2018 ~~ How did I not include this book when I read it initially? An oversight I'm rectifying as I go through year-end lists.Why I chose to read this book: On a display of books from my local indie bookseller - Kids Ink Children's Bookstore, Indianapolis at a library conference.Year-end lists:Best of in the "Most Powerful" category from Minh Le: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/... https://www.booklistonline.com/Bookli... " said.

"This book was very enchanting and spoke to my cultural core. As I read through the pages, it reminded me of my adventures while living is Spain (many, many years ago), as well as the importance of learning and maintaining one's culture especially when there is a fusion of more than one culture; in this case indigenous Spanish and Muslim background. The illustrations in this book was a song that sang a sweet melody of love, connection and future generations.

A good read for adults and children alike.
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"A loving father encourages his young daughter to celebrate her heritage as “a child of crescent moons, a builder of mosques, a descendant of brilliance, an ancestor in training.” The father acknowledges that some people will ask rude questions like “what are you” and that some will do worse, but the overall tone is joyous in proclaiming “Yo soy Muslim.” A wonderful celebration of family, faith, and identity.

Amini’s illustrations, which I’ve been a fan of ever since Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, are beautifully bright, colorful, and textured. The rolling hills in the background when the author remembers his abuelo working the fields are particularly striking.
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" A father, Mark Gonzales, writes a new picture book inspired by his daughter of the joys of a multi-cultural heritage. “Yo Soy Muslim” is “I Am Muslim” in Spanish. The stunning illustrations by Mehrdokht Amini bring both cultures into their creation, filling the pages with dream work, the girl climbing a tree so that her “smile will touch the sky.” He adds an homage to the girl’s abuela, tells of those who question where she is from and offers an answer. A favorite part is when she flies with swans and is a “child of crescent moons. . . an ancestor in training.” For every child or adult who wants to celebrate her or his heritage, this book will make a heart beat faster." said.

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