Little Brother For Sale
This book by Rahma Rodaah is adorable and funny!⠀ ⠀ Asma is very frustrated with her little brother Hamza. He takes all the attention from her parents and messes up her careful games/activities. (This is pretty on point! Any time we do a craft or activity, I usually wait until the baby sleeps, or else she destroys it)⠀ ⠀ Asma asks the mailman if he can take him, but he laughs and says no. She asks her neighbor, but her response is that Asma would miss him. Asma disagrees, and is relieved when he is taken by his mother to his bed to nap. But when he is napping, she realizes that everything she usually does is better with him joining in. She climbs into bed with him and promises to be the best big sister!⠀ ⠀ My kids were laughing the whole time I read this story to them. They loved the pictures and they thought it was hilarious that she wanted to sell her brother. ⠀ ⠀ I love how the story has a Muslim character and Islamic themes and names, but no outright preachiness. It is a lovely (and goofy) story about sibling rivalry and love.⠀ ⠀ I also love that Asma is so clearly a strong and yet relatable diverse character! It is inspiring for children to see Muslim characters in books that show universal human emotions. This helps readers relate to characters of different backgrounds than them.⠀ It also helps encourage a pride in Islamic identity in Muslim kids, by them seeing characters that look like them in books. ⠀ Get yours from the website of this talented author for 12 usd.
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