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Secret Recipe Box

This book by Helal Musleh of My Everyday Classroom is a beautiful story filled with Palestinian cultural traditions and the moral of giving to those less fortunate.⠀ ⠀ Maha’s grandmother comes into town and arrives at the airport in a beautiful Palestinian gown. I love that she is so proud of her culture and teaches the kids so much about pride in their identity. ⠀ ⠀ They pass by a soup kitchen on their way home and see the long line of hungry people. At home, Teta makes too much bread with meat on it, (Arab grandmothers often overcook-it was a funny and relatable moment). Maha and Sami, with their Teta, head to the soup kitchen to pass out the extra food, and everyone is very impressed with Teta’s cooking (another fun Arab trait- all Tetas cook super yummy food!)⠀ ⠀ Maha and Sami’s sibling rivalry is hilarious, and the way they bicker reminds me of how me and my siblings used to bicker and how my kids lovingly (and sometimes frustratingly) bicker too.⠀ ⠀ The story talks about how Maha wants to become a famous cook and how her grandmother gives her the family secret recipe box, and includes certain elements of their family history. I do wish the secret recipe box was more expanded upon in the book, but it was still very lovely!⠀ ⠀ I do love the sweet family love and Palestinian heritage present in the book, as well as the morals of generosity and sharing.⠀ ⠀ Get yours from Ruqaya's Bookshelf

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