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“Heroes don’t have to be famous people. Sometimes they are the ones closest to us,” Ms. Alex. –Yasmin The Writer
Yasmin The Writer
by Saadia Faruqi
AR Test, Teaches About Culture
Ms. Alex has assigned Yasmin’s class to write about their heroes. Yasmin loves to write, but she can’t decide who her hero is. After tossing out lots of ideas, could it be that Yasmin’s hero has been right beside her all along?
Yasmin is a relatable character who struggles with choosing a topic for her writing assignment. At first, Yasmin looks at famous athletes, a music star, queens, presidents, and other leaders. But it’s the day-to-day events that make her choose her topic—her mother. While her mother is not famous, she cooks dinner, helps Yasmin find her pajamas, and comforts her when she has a bad dream.
Even though the story’s plot is predictable, young readers will enjoy the story as it shows both Yasmin’s home life and her school life. The story has three short chapters and each page has large illustrations that will help readers understand the plot. The full-color illustrations use cheerful colors and Yasmin’s class has diverse students. Yasmin is Pakistani and her mother wears a hijab. Yasmin’s mother also uses Urdu words, which are defined in a glossary that appears at the back of the book.
Yasmin the Writer will help emerging readers feel confident with their reading. Each page has 1 to 4 short sentences which are printed with oversized text. The conclusion has an illustration of a piece of paper that shows Yasmin’s writing assignment. At the end of the book, there are questions that will help students connect to the text, some fun facts about Pakistani, and directions to make your own journal.
Yasmin the Writer uses an everyday situation that will make young readers think about the definition of a hero. The story will also remind readers that mothers are heroes because they care for their children. Readers who enjoy the Yasmin Series should put the Sofia Martinez Series by Jacqueline Jules on their reading list.
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