#blogbookaday: Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam

6 Jul

Yaffa and Fatima Shalom, Salaam.jpgSummary:  “Two neighbors, one Jewish, one Muslim, have always been best friends. When they both fall on hard times, can they find a way to help each other? In Fawzia Gilani’s retelling of this folktale, which has both Jewish and Arab origins, differences are not always causes for conflict and friendship can overcome any obstacle.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A story of friendship that shows how strong it truly can be. Yaffa and Fatima were good friends, even though they came from different cultures. When they both fall on hard times, they help each other out, not knowing the other is doing the same. A story that shows you may not have the same culture, religion, or language, but true friendship can overcome any obstacle.

Personal Reaction: This was a traditional story that I wasn’t familiar with, but truly enjoyed. I love that the illustrations although limited in color are filled with texture, pattern and style that highlights the cultural differences and similarities, while the text does the same. This would be a wonderful story to use to teach children about different religions and how at the base, many religions believe the same basic principles of prayer, helping others and following the holy word.

Title: Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam
Author: Fawzia Gilani-Williams,
Illustrator: Chiara Fedele
Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
Publication Date: January 1, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


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