Bound To Stay Bound

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 Meet Yasmin! (Yasmin)
 Author: Faruqi, Saadia

 Publisher:  Picture Window Books (2019)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: 89 p., col. ill.

 BTSB No: 325382 ISBN: 9781684360222
 Ages: 5-8 Grades: K-3

 Creative ability -- Fiction
 Self-confidence -- Fiction
 School stories
 Muslims -- United States -- Fiction
 Pakistani Americans -- Fiction

Price: $4.88

In this compilation of four separately published books, Pakistani American second grader Yasmin learns to cope with the small problems of school and home, while gaining confidence in her own skills and creative abilities.

 Illustrator: Aly, Hatem
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 3.10
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 75635

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2018 Gr 1–3—Yasmin Ahmad is exploring the world around her with eagerness and curiosity. Yasmin learns about ancient explorers and mapmaking from her Baba, prompting her to explore the local farmer's market and plan out her journey. She also transforms into a fashionista when she's with her Nani, trying on her Mama's embroidered kameez and satin hijab. As she delves into new experiences, Yasmin also faces some common childhood fears and develops creative solutions on her own. Faruqi introduces readers to a delightful new beginning reader series that features an imaginative second grader who will quickly become a favorite among emergent readers. Aly's animated illustrations are the perfect complement to the text and bring Yasmin and her beloved family to life. The author includes back matter, such as vocabulary in Urdu as well as facts about Pakistan. VERDICT A definite purchase for any beginning reader collection.—Claire Moore, Manhattan Beach Library, CA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 09/01/2018 Pakistani American author Faruqi makes her kidlit debut with this early chapter book introducing plucky second-grader Yasmin, who approaches life’s problems with imagination and verve. In four separate stories, Yasmin makes a map to explore her neighborhood and gets lost; creates an award-winning painting for a school art contest; builds sidewalks and bridges to connect her classmates’ architectural constructions; and models her mom’s clothing when her grandparents babysit. Aly’s comics-style art employs a wide color palette, and he makes good use of facial expressions to convey emotions and attitudes. Overall, Yasmin is confident and competent, but she displays fear, worry, and nervousness as well. Both author and illustrator do a good job integrating Pakistani and Muslim cultural details into the story: Mom is depicted with and without a hijab, and Urdu words appear throughout. Appended with discussion questions, an Urdu glossary, Pakistani facts, a recipe, and a craft, this should be a welcome addition to the transitional-reader shelf. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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