A colorful journey of self-discovery and identity, this sweet, vibrant picture book follows young Leila as she visits her grandmother’s house for their weekly family dinner, and finds parts of herself and her heritage in the family, friends, and art around her
Product Code: 5949
ISBN: 9781534425644
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published Date: 06/18/2019
Pages: 32
Availability:In stock
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Price: $17.99

Sometimes I’m not sure if I like being me.

When Leila looks in the mirror, she doesn’t know if she likes what she sees. But when her grandmother tells her the saffron beads on her scarf suit her, she feels a tiny bit better. So, Leila spends the rest of their family dinner night on the lookout for other parts of her she does like.

Follow Leila’s journey as she uses her senses of sight, smell, taste, touch to seek out the characteristics that make up her unique identity, and finds reasons to feel proud of herself, just as she is.

Ages 4 to 8


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"A glorious book that's a feast for both eyes and ears, this story set in a multicultural context will ring true for children of all stripes. "– Kirkus Reviews

"Every page is a vibrant celebration of Pakistani food, art, cloth, language, and culture, from mandala patterns to the elaborate rugs on the walls and the glossary with pronunciations and definitions of Arabic terms. The use of colors - pomegranate, lentil, cucumber - is stunning, starting with the gorgeous gold leaf of the title. Even the endpapers are exquisite. This book is a strong addition to any diverse book collection and would do well in classrooms and libraries and parents’ laps alike."– Booklist

"Leila’s journey is a beautiful one to behold, and children will want to take it with her as they discover the power of love and family traditions."– School Library Journal

"A lyrical story about identity, family origins, and self-worth."– Publishers Weekly

"This is a warm celebration of extended family and the way that such intergenerational connections can help model futures for youngsters negotiating their own identity."– BCCB

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