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Coming to America : a Muslim family's story

by Wolf, Bernard, 1930-

Format: Print Book 2003
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Non-fiction 325.232 W
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
Call Number  325.232 W
Robinson Library Juvenile Non-Fiction J 305.892 WOLF
Location  Robinson Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
Call Number  J 305.892 WOLF
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 305.892 WOL 2003
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  J 305.892 WOL 2003
Whitehall Public Library Easy Nonfiction ENF 325.73 W831
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  Easy Nonfiction
Call Number  ENF 325.73 W831
Rowan Mahmoud's father arrived in the United States eight years ago from Alexandria, Egypt, in search of a better future for his family. After four years of hard work and frugal living, he could finally afford to bring his wife and children to live with him.Young Rowan and her family are Muslims. They live in a multiethnic neighborhood in Queens, New York, and in many ways are just like other Americans. The children attend public schools and enjoy watching television and playing with their friends in their spare time. But the Mahmouds also live in a way that preserves their culture and religious identity. They shop in Middle Eastern markets, prepare traditional meals, and follow the teachings of Islam. The transition to American life has not been easy for the Mahmouds, but devotion to family and religion keep them strong.With captivating photographs and engaging text, Bernard Wolf invites us into the life of this close-knit family -- a family whose love and courage speak for all immigrants who work hard and make sacrifices in the pursuit of a better life
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 3^-5. Addressing the surprising scarcity of books designed to introduce young readers to American adherents of this rapidly growing faith, Wolf adds impersonal, but specific, commentary to a generous set of big, bright photos to profile a family of Egyptian immigrants living in New York City. Hassan Mahmoud works nights and frets about not seeing enough of his family. His wife, Soad, hampered by her lack of English, seems practically a shut-in, except when she goes to language class. On the other hand, the three Mahmoud children have adapted to their new country well, and are seen doing familiar tasks at home and at school, being with non-Muslim friends, enjoying both traditional foods at dinner and an American-style cake brought in to celebrate a birthday. Wolf ends on a formal note, with photos of the family at prayer in a Manhattan mosque. Though the character portraits in this photo-essay are more generalized than those in Hoyt-Goldsmith's Celebrating Ramadan (2001), and larger issues, such as post-September 11 tensions, remain unexamined, children will come away more likely to consider the Mahmouds, and immigrant families like them, neighbors, rather than strangers. --John Peters"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The photo-essay Coming to America: A Muslim Family's Story by Bernard Wolf personalizes religious, ethnic and cultural traditions. Text and color photographs let readers share the experiences of eight-year-old Rowan Mahmoud and her family, who have come to Queens, N.Y., from Egypt. Wolf demonstrates the Mahmouds' emphasis on education as well as religion. He includes many scenes of Rowan and her older siblings in their classrooms (the mother, too, goes to school, to study English) and a few of the adults at prayer, the mother at home and the father at a mosque. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Egyptian Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions -- Juvenile literature.
Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions -- Juvenile literature.
Immigrant children -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions -- Juvenile literature.
Egyptian Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Religion -- Juvenile literature.
Muslims -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions -- Juvenile literature.
Egyptian Americans -- New York (State) -- New York.
Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York.
Muslims -- New York (State) -- New York.
New York (N.Y.) -- Social conditions -- Juvenile literature.
New York (N.Y.) -- Social conditions.
Publisher New York :Lee & Low Books,2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
ISBN 1584300868 (alk. paper)
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