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Salma the Syrian Chef

by Danny Ramadan, illustrated by Anna Bron

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list price: $18.99
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published: Mar 2020
ISBN:9781773213767
publisher: Annick Press
Description

Newcomer Salma and friends cook up a heartwarming dish to cheer up Mama.

All Salma wants is to make her mama smile again. Between English classes, job interviews, and missing Papa back in Syria, Mama always seems busy or sad. A homemade Syrian meal might cheer her up, but Salma doesn’t know the recipe, or what to call the vegetables in English, or where to find the right spices! Luckily, the staff and other newcomers at the Welcome Center are happy to lend a hand—and a sprinkle of sumac.

With creativity, determination, and charm, Salma brings her new friends together to show Mama that even though things aren’t perfect, there is cause for hope and celebration. Syrian culture is beautifully represented through the meal Salma prepares and Anna Bron’s vibrant illustrations, while the diverse cast of characters speaks to the power of cultivating community in challenging circumstances.  

About the Authors

Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, award-winning activist, and public speaker. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won multiple awards. His work in activism provided a safe passage to dozens of Syrian LGBTQ-refugees to Canada. Salma the Syrian Chef is his first book for children. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Anna Bron studied traditional animation at Sheridan College. Since graduating in 2011 she has illustrated for children's magazines and has animated, designed, and directed commercials and short films. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Reading age:
4 to 7
Editorial Reviews

“[A] sweet (and savory) tale of community, family, and friendship.” —Foreword Reviews, 03/20

— Foreword Reviews

“This beautiful story grasps diversity, exploring resilience, love, friendship, and the meaning of home.” —Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 01/26/20

— Kirkus Reviews

“The bright and expressive illustrations by Bron bring the story to life and will draw in readers of all ages. This is a book to read again and again with children in schools and in homes.” —Teaching Social Justice with Children’s Books, 11/25/19

— Teaching Social Justice with Children’s Books

“Salma is deeply relatable in her determination, frustration, and sensitivity, especially in moments when things do not go as planned. Bron’s illustration style is realistic but brightly expressive . . . she also employs subtle geometric borders that feel directly inspired by Islamic art, which effectively link Salma’s past and present homes.” —Quill & Quire, *starred review, 01/20

— Quill & Quire

“A strong book about the emotional side of a child immigrant’s experience.” —The Ladybug Reads, 12/09/19

— The Ladybug Reads

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