Search Results: "Jamel Akib"


BOOK REVIEW

BRINGING ASHA HOME by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2006

"Appealing illustrations and warm, clear text make this story of a biracial family—Arun's mother is white and his father is Indian—and international adoption a good choice for any collection. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
On Rakhi Day in August, Arun explains the Indian holiday to his best friend Michael and tells him that it celebrates the bond of brothers and sisters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIVALI ROSE by Vashanti Rahaman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Better for more mature picture-book audiences. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Set in Trinidad, this tale about cultural identity and the dangers of prejudice gently, though a bit clumsily, makes its way through some tricky subject matter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONSOON by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2003

"An expressive story about seasons, extremes, and waiting. (glossary, author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Richly colored illustrations and lyrical text portray a girl and her family in India waiting for the monsoon season to begin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWENTY-TWO CENTS by Paula Yoo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A heart-gladdening testament to pulling your own suspenders tight, with a little help from your friends. (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
Microbanks aren't new, although they are gaining prominence. Here is the story of the first—or at least the formal first—and the one that gained the most notoriety. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TAN TO TAMARIND by Malathi Michelle Iyengar
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Undoubtedly well-intentioned, this effort falls regrettably flat. (Picture book/poetry. 7-12)"
Helping ethnic children find the beauty in themselves is the goal of Iyengar's celebratory cycle, which venerates various hues of brown in each poem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EMANUEL AND THE HANUKKAH RESCUE by Jamel Akib
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Although didactic and idealized, this broad interpretation of freedom from a Jewish perspective is one not often seen. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy's insistence on exercising freedom of religion helps an 18th-century Portuguese-Jewish immigrant community openly practice and observe its faith. Read full book review >