cover image Meet Yasmin!

Meet Yasmin!

Saadia Faruqi, illus. by Hatem Aly. Picture Window, $5.95 paper (96p) ISBN 978-1-68436-022-2

In this first installment of an early chapter book series, Pakistani-American Yasmin is an audacious second-grader whose abundant curiosity leads her to new discoveries, trials, and mishaps. In the first of four episodes, Yasmin is inspired to become an explorer after observing maps in her father’s book. She decides to make a map of the neighborhood, which she consults when she is parted from her mother during a trip to the farmer’s market. In subsequent stories, Yasmin becomes frustrated during school projects but ultimately finds unique ways to contribute. And in the final tale, “Yasmin the Fashionista,” she accidentally tears her mother’s colorful kameez while trying it on, but once again employs problem-solving skills. Faruqi writes in clear, vivid text and in digestible chapters, incorporating references to Pakistani culture and customs. In brightly colored artwork by Aly (The Inquisitor’s Tale), Yasmin’s wide-eyed expressions and flamboyant style (striped tights, a polka-dotted painter’s smock, red cowgirl boots) lend her great appeal. Ages 5–8. [em](Aug.) [/em]