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It can be scary being new in school. Maria, Jin, and Fatimah are new to their American elementary school. The words that they hear around them and see on the page are confusing. They each long for the language that they understand and the friends who understand them back home. They feel as though they don’t fit in—they are alone, confused, and sad in their new school. After observing those around them, however, each new student slowly gains the confidence to interact with their new surroundings.
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Jamaica and Brianna are excited about their new substitute teacher. And Mrs. Duval doesn't disappoint — she inspires and engages all the children. So much so, that even when Jamaica makes a bad choice, she decides to confess to Mrs. Duval. Wise and calm, Mrs. Duval helps Jamaica learn from her mistake.
Shirin is anxious to fast, but her family encourages her to find other ways to celebrate Ramadan — perhaps by doing some extra good deeds. No one is more surprised than Shirin when she decides to do a good deed that will benefit her older brother! Readers will appreciate the special Ramadan traditions of Shirin's family, as well as their discussion other family's customs. Richly painted illustrations convey the warmth of the story.
On Sara Mee's first birthday, her family made sure to have a tol, a celebration based in an ancient custom that includes guests, special foods, and gifts for the child that will predict what the child will be when he or she grows up. Realistic illustrations capture the warmth of Sara Mee's family, her birthday festivity, and the warm relationship shared with her older brother. An author's note and glossary round out this attractive book