Yo soy Muslim : a father's letter to his daughter / Mark Gonzales ; illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini.Material type: TextDescription: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cmContent type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781481489362; 1481489364Subject(s): Cultural pluralism -- Juvenile fiction | Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Juvenile fiction | Muslims -- Juvenile fiction | Mexicans -- Juvenile fiction | Multiculturalism -- Juvenile fiction | Mexicans -- Juvenile fiction | Mexicans -- Fiction | Muslims. -- Juvenile fiction | Muslims. -- Fiction | JUVENILE FICTION -- Family | JUVENILE FICTION -- Imagination & Play | Cultural pluralism | Identity (Philosophical concept) | Mexicans | Multiculturalism | Muslims | Multiculturalism -- Juvenile fiction | Muslims -- Juvenile fiction | Mexicans -- Juvenile fiction | Multiculturalism -- Fiction | Muslims -- Fiction | Mexicans -- FictionGenre/Form: JUVENILE FICTION / Religious / General. | Easy. | Fiction. | Juvenile works. | Picture books. | Children's stories -- Pictorial works. | Picture books.DDC classification: 809.39355 LOC classification: PZ7.1.G653 | Yo 2017Other classification: JUV013000 | JUV051000 Summary: A lyrical celebration of multiculturalism as a parent shares with a child the value of their heritage and why it should be a source of pride, even when others disagree.
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A lyrical celebration of multiculturalism as a parent shares with a child the value of their heritage and why it should be a source of pride, even when others disagree.
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School Library Journal ReviewK-Gr 3-A lovely and lush celebration of intersectionality and identity. In this lyrical letter, a father shares with his young daughter the different questions she will encounter as she grows up as a Muslim and a Latina-some positive and some negative. But, he tells her, "No matter what they say, know you are wondrous." Her father highlights the aspects of her multicultural heritage and roots that she should be proud of. As the pair fly across the night sky, they see angels and hummingbirds, majestic skyscrapers and mosques, and the fields of the girl's ancestors. In times of tribulation, the father advises his daughter, "Say it with me: Yo soy Muslim. Our prayers were here before any borders were." The connection between the girl and her parents is apparent, and the warmth reverberates off the page. Gonzales's inspirational text is matched perfectly by Amini's vibrant, jewel-toned illustrations. The images are rendered digitally but have a patchwork, mixed-media feel, adding to the dreamlike quality of the artwork. Muslims of different racial and ethnic identities are pictured throughout in prayer, emphasizing the diversity of the community. This exaltation of identity will resonate with fans of Patti Kim's Here I Am and Hena Khan's Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns. It would also fit nicely in Father's Day displays and as a world religions curricular tie-in. VERDICT A strong choice for all picture book collections.-Shelley M. Diaz, School Library Journal © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Author notes provided by SyndeticsMark Gonzales is a father, futurist, and one of the most innovative storytellers of our time. His creative portfolio spans twenty countries and includes: 3 TED stages, HBO Def Poetry, Stanford University, and the United Nations. Yo Soy Muslim is his first venture into children's literature, a journey inspired by his daughter and the stories she'll grow up reading. Currently, Mark journeys between California and northern Africa with his family, seeding ways to excite the human imagination.
Mehrdokht Amini has illustrated several books for children including Chicken in the Kitchen by Nnedi Okorafor, which won the 2016 Children's Africana Best Book Award, and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan. She has illustrated books published in Iran, Poland, Korea, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Mehrdokht grew up in Iran and now lives in Surrey, England. Visit her website at MyArt2C.com.