Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 5
- Grade: p to 12
A debut picture book about loving your name, finding your voice, and standing up for yourself from the critically acclaimed illustrator of Bilal Cooks Daal and I Am Perfectly Designed.
Mirha is so excited for her first day of school! She can't wait to learn, play, and make new friends. But when her classmates mispronounce her name, she goes home wondering if she should find a new one. Maybe then she'd be able to find a monogrammed keychain at the gas station or order a hot chocolate at the cafe more easily.
Mama helps Mirha to see how special her name is, and she returns to school the next day determined to help her classmates say it correctly--even if it takes a hundred tries.
About the author
Anoosha Syed is a Canadian freelance illustrator and character designer, based in Mississauga, Ontario. She graduated from Ceruleum; Ecole d'arts Visuels in Switzerland and currently works with Industrial Brothers as a character designer on an animated series. She finds inspiration for her art from mid-century design, animation, outer space, forests, japanese kawaii culture and vintage children books.
"Affirming and empowering; a story that will resonate with many children and a lot of adults, too."
"Syed’s book uses clarity in the dialogue, the emotions, and in the intent, featuring only well-meaning teachers and children who want to get it right. Her illustrated school scenes are so familiar while Mirha’s posture translates her every feeling, with or without the text. . . A great first-day story for breaking the ice." -School Library Journal