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Brave with beauty

2019

by Maxine Rose Schur

This is the extraordinary story of Queen Goharshad, a 15th-century monarch, who many historians now believe was the one of the most powerful women in world history. Ruling from the Timurid artistic and cultural center of Herat in western Afghanistan, Queen Goharshad ushered in a remarkable period when poetry, music, calligraphy, painting, and the sciences flourished as never before. A poet and an architect, she designed some of the most beautiful structures ever built on earth. --publisher

Biography

My brother and me

2019

by Taghrīd ʻĀrif Najjār and Maya Fidawi

Aloush is the youngest in the family. He is not sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. His big brother Ramez is his idol. Every day, Ramez drives Aloush to school on his way to work. He takes him to basketball practice, allows him to hang around when his friends come over to watch a football game and always has time to drop him off at the mall to see a movie with his friend. But suddenly, Ramez doesn't have time for Aloush anymore. He has fallen in love and is about to get engaged! Aloush is upset and tries to get rid of this threat by carrying out a series of pranks. Will Aloush succeed in getting his brother back?

Any Child

The Ghoul

2019

by Taghreed Najjar and Hassan Manasra

"A story about facing your fears and accepting differences, inspired by Arabic folk tales. The villagers are afraid of the "Ghoul." For years, they've tiptoed around the village for fear of disturbing it. The monster doesn't look like them, and it is believed to eat humans. One day, the brave Hassan embarks on a dangerous mission to face the long-feared Ghoul. When Hassan finally meets the Ghoul living on top of the mountain, he discovers that the Ghoul is just as terrified of people as they are of him. Hassan and the Ghoul realize that they can still be friends, despite their differences. A beautifully illustrated story that can be used as a springboard to discuss how we perceive those who are different and how our fears and prejudices may be built on false assumptions." -- publisher

Folklore

The Voyage

2019

by Robert Vescio and Andrea Edmonds

"The Voyage is the powerful story of a family fleeing their war-torn country and making a dangerous trip across the ocean to a new life in a new land. Displaced by war and conflict, a refugee family sets out on a voyage into the unknown. Told in only a few words (one word per page) this is the powerful story of a family fleeing their war-torn country and making a dangerous trip across the ocean to a new life in a new land. ‘Chaos’ begins the story, as the family escapes. ‘Wild’ is the midway point, as the small boat battles through a storm. ‘Companion’ marks the sighting of a whale that briefly keeps them company as their voyage continues. ‘Beauty’ is the sight of a green, beautiful land ahead of them. ‘Safe’ is the beginning of their new life in their new home. Simple, yet evocative, The Voyage gives new meaning to the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words," as Robert Vescio’s sparse text and Andrea Edmond’s beautiful illustrations encourage young readers to create their own background story and thus identify more deeply with the plight of refugees and those less fortunate." -- publisher

Oppression & Resilience

Who will help me make iftar?

2019

by Asmaa Hussein

Mustafa Amca and his wife have a yearly tradition - they cook iftar for their friends and neighbours on the first day of Ramadan. This year, Mustafa Amca's wife is sick and can't help him cook! Will he be able to find others to pitch in and create a meal for everyone to enjoy? A wonderful, rich story about selflessness and generosity! --publisher's site

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