Oh how I love to read sweet books and repeatedly thumb through warm engaging illustrations. This book is beautiful, fun, and (possibly) very relatable.
A big sister, Asma, is ready to get rid of her little brother, Hamza, so that she can enjoy all her parent’s attention. But when the mailman won’t let her ship him to grandma, and neither the lady walking down the street nor the neighbor next door want to buy him, she is determined to find someone to take him off her hands. Alas though, it is Hamza’s nap time and while mom makes salat Asma finally gets some time to herself.
Except she misses having someone sharpen her crayons, or eat the blueberries she doesn’t like, and there is no one to dance with her around the living room. She decides that maybe she does like her little brother, and lays down next to him with promises of loving and protecting him forever. Ahhh…..
Yeah, the book is pretty predictable, but the details make it charming. I love the diverse characters and the love and warmth they all exude. I love that when she drags her brother out in the wagon and holds up the for sale sign, mom is peeking out from the kitchen. I reassured myself that she was there, so it was ok for Asma to be talking to the mail man, a potential stranger, and the lady walking down the street, muslimah or not.
The only slight hiccup to me was what one-year-old, he was seemingly taking his first steps in the first picture, can sharpen crayons? Maybe I just failed to prepare my children, but other than that, the book is smooth, and well done.
The binding quality, the font, the amount of text on the 26 pages, is definitely preschool to first or second grade, and the illustrations will mesmerize even toddlers who won’t understand why the book is so silly.
The book has been floating around my house and I’ve seen my 11 year old pick it up and read it on her own, and then read it to the three year old mutltiple times. She possibly was getting ideas, but maybe it also reminds us that siblings really can be both annoying and lovely as well.