My friend Jamal

2008

by Anna McQuinn and Ben Frey

A picture book story about a childhood friendship in which unfamiliar cultures meet. Playful visuals combine illustrations and photographs, and book recognizes the bond between two boys as well as sampling the differences in their lives. Different cultures. Fast friends. Jamal and Joseph were born in the same hospital in the same month...Joseph's best friend Jamal is Somali and his family has different customs and traditions from Joseph, but through their shared interests they remain close friends

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My friend Mei Jing

2009

by Anna McQuinn, Irvin Cheung and Ben Frey

Monifa met Mei Jing on the first day of school and they've been best friends ever since. The girls have much in common, from their love of arts and crafts to their dream of becoming veterinarians. Monifa thinks Mei Jing's family customs are pretty neat, too, like getting red envelopes for Chinese New Year and eating with chopsticks

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