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Trilingual Sofia

I absolutely loved this book, honestly!! The idea of @trilingualsofia appeals to me, and it kind of reminds me of Dora the Explored, but with a Muslim twist!⠀ ⠀ Sofia is learning three languages: Arabic, English, and Spanish. The main story is in English, and there is a small focus on Arabic as well, but mainly the book aims to teach Spanish words.⠀ ⠀ I love how the book colors the Spanish words and yet does not define them in the text. It uses context clues in the story to let the reader search for the definition. This type of writing helps children learn how to search for meanings on their own and memorize vocabulary words faster.⠀ ⠀ I really liked how the book included references to Mexican culture (feliz Eid decorations- meaning happy Eid), as well as Mexican festive inspired banners, food (yummy tacos, empanadas) and my kids favorite part: a Mexican game called Loteria (similair to a picture bingo). Having a small girl in the book being a Muslim Mexican American really shows how beautiful and diverse our deen is.⠀ ⠀ I love how the Abuela (grandmother) of Sofia hosts a Eid party for her grandaughter when she is not a Muslim herself. Tolerance and acceptance in a book are so important for children to read, and the love between the family shines through. These messages are important in showing children that even when families or friends have different beliefs, they can still beautifully coexist. ⠀ ⠀ I also like how Eid is also represented, with Sofia wearing her best clothes (a ropa-dress) and heading to the Masjid for Eid prayer. The book implies that they are in Mexico, and it shows that even in a different country, and coming off an airplane, Sofia and her family still made it important to do their Islamic customs and attend Eid prayer!⠀ ⠀ There is also a glossary at the end with words from the three languages in the book, a fun resource to teach the kids from.⠀ ⠀ The illustrations by @chaymaadraws are so adorable, vibrant, and eye-catching for kids, really making the book fun to read.⠀ ⠀ Get yours from @prolancepublishing website


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