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Salma Writes a Book

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Salma will soon become an older sister and wants to be the best sister she can be. She decides to write a book containing all the information she gathers from reading and asking questions of friends who have siblings. Salma runs into a problem with observations about sibling love when her mother's brother, whom the family last saw years ago, comes to visit. Salma's mother seems mad at Uncle Khalou about something and refuses to talk to Uncle Khalou about it.
The description of Salma's book, quotes, and illustrations is detailed and entertaining. The story is well-written; it depicts Salma's many sentiments stunningly. The book has many facets, including family, friendship, honor, cultural values, and honesty. I am impressed by the manner in which the author is able to convey a multitude of emotions and significance in simple writing.
A word of caution: the problems between Salma's mother and Uncle Khalou stem from his marriage to another man. The subject is handled gently and carefully, in a reasonable mode for young readers. This early chapter book is directed at children in grades 1-4. Parents may want to read this book before their children.
Once again, I am impressed with the quality of books published by Annick Press. They are leaders in issuing stories about people of varied ethnicities, nationalities, and other traits only sometimes presented in young people's books.
Thank you to NetGalley and Annick Press for the ARC of this book.

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