Meet Yasmin! | Yasmin in Charge | Authored by Saadia Faruqi

Meet Yasmin! and Yasmin in Charge
Title: Meet Yasmin!
Author: Saadia Faruqi
Genre: Children’s Book (5-8)
Illustrator: Hatem Aly
Series: Yasmin
Publisher: Picture Windows Book, a Capstone Imprint
Released: August 2018
Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Pages: 96
Source: I was gifted a soft copy from Capstone Publishing to review for the #ReadYourWorld Multicultural Children’s Book Day event.
Rating: 5/5
Meet Yasmin! Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who’s always on the lookout for those “aha” moments to help her solve life’s little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn’t get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers.

 

This combined book has four stories, each helping Yasmin discover a part of herself:
  1. In Yasmin the Explorer, she explores her neighbourhood with a map in hand.
  2. In Yasmin the Painter, she overcomes self-doubt in her painting skills.
  3. In Yasmin the Builder, a spark of imagination helps her to build a community.
  4. In Yasmin the Fashionista, she enjoys role-playing with her nani (maternal grandmother).
Title: Yasmin in Charge
Author: Saadia Faruqi
Genre: Children’s Book (5-8)
Illustrator: Hatem Aly
Series: Yasmin
Publisher: Picture Windows Book, a Capstone Imprint
Released: March 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
Source: I was gifted a soft copy from Capstone Publishing to review for the #ReadYourWorld Multicultural Children’s Book Day event.
Rating: 5/5
In this collection of four stories, Yasmin takes charge of some sticky situations! At home, at school, or out and about, Yasmin faces challenges head on with creativity and quick thinking. Whether she’s creating a new recipe, finding a way to rescue a stuck toy for a little friend, or calming down monkeys (and classmates!), a clever solution to any problem is just around the corner!
This combined book also has four stories, wherein Yasmin manages tricky situations tactfully:
  1. In Yasmin the Teacher, she moderates her noisy class in her teacher’s absence.
  2. In Yasmin the Chef, an inspiration from a trinket makes her prepare a wholesome snack.
  3. In Yasmin the Zookeeper, she turns a mishap into an opportunity for a gesture of love and care.
  4. In Yasmin the Superhero, she learns not all heroes need a villian.
What a vibrant character and colourful illustrations! Yasmin reminds me of my 5-year old daughter who is as imaginative and creative as Yasmin. And my daughter connected with Yasmin instantly!
Through Yasmin’s world, the Pakistani American author introduces the language and culture of Pakistan to the reader. Coming from a desi (Asian sub-continent) country myself, I could relate to Yasmin’s world and understand her language with ease. The illustrator has done an amazing job. I love the bold colours, the desi-patterned borders, the choice of colours and patterns for the clothes and dresses. Absolutely fantastic! Another feature that stood out for me was how the author-illustrator team showcased through pictures, the fact that Muslim women reveal their hair at home. It was refreshing to see this minute detail imbibed in the illustrations.
Meet Yasmin! and Yasmin in Charge both have facts, discussion points, and activities for the parent/teacher-child to go through. Once the stories are over, the book takes the reader to:
  1. Think About It, Talk About It, where questions are raised for the child to reflect on oneself and discuss with the parent/teacher.
  2. Then the reader gets to Learn Urdu with Yasmin where urdu words are introduced with pronunciation and meanings.
  3. Next in line is Pakistani Facts where tidbits of the country’s information are provided.
  4. And lastly, a story-based activity for the child to engage in.
Both the books were on my To-Be-Read list for long, and I am so glad I got to read and review it for the MCBD2020 event. Thank you MCBD organizers and Capstone Publishing for giving me the opportunity to review these captivating books!
Readers, have you read these books? And if yes, what do you think about them? And if no, why haven’t you already? 😀

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