Abdul's story

by Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah,

Format: Print Book 2022
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Summary
A 2022 New York Public Library Best Book for Kids!

A little boy who loves storytelling but struggles with writing learns that it's okay to make mistakes in this charming and encouraging picture book from the author of Mommy's Khimar .

Abdul loves to tell stories. But writing them down is hard. His letters refuse to stay straight and face the right way. And despite all his attempts, his papers often wind up with more eraser smudges than actual words. Abdul decides his stories just aren't meant to be written down...until a special visitor comes to class and shows Abdul that even the best writers--and superheroes--make mistakes.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This engrossing story has a compelling message for kids struggling with writing, as well as for all kids stuck in a "mistakes are bad" mindset. Abdul is a Black boy (and presumably Muslim, although it is never explicitly stated) living in an American big city. He loves regaling the other kids at school with stories about what goes on in his diverse neighborhood, but when it comes to writing these stories down, the "scribbly, scratchy, scrawly" ABCs he writes go backwards or won't stay on the line, leaving him feeling frustrated, ashamed, and convinced that writing stories is not for him. Then a professional writer named Mr. Muhammad visits class and urges the students to "write new stories with new superheroes." Abdul makes so many mistakes that he rips up his writing and ends up hiding under his desk. When Mr. Muhammad shows Abdul his own incredibly messy notebook, Abdul is inspired to change his approach from trying for perfection to trying a process of writing "a mess" and then "a less messy mess." Rose's bright digital illustrations are wonderful at depicting out-of-control letters and erasures, even showing Abdul's legs being erased at his low point. At the end, Abdul reads his story to his very receptive class and realizes that he is, indeed, a writer. Inspiring for all students."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Creative writing -- Juvenile fiction.
Authorship -- Juvenile fiction.
Penmanship -- Juvenile fiction.
Muslims -- Juvenile fiction.
Persistence -- Juvenile fiction.
Encouragement -- Juvenile fiction.
Creative writing -- Fiction.
Authorship -- Fiction.
Penmanship -- Fiction.
Muslims -- Fiction.
Persistence -- Fiction.
Encouragement -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Salaam Reads,2022
Edition First edition.
Contributors Rose, Tiffany, illustrator.
Audience Ages 4 to 8.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 9781534462984
1534462988
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