Children's Middle Eastern Historical Fiction
If your child is interested in the Middle East but isn't sure what to read, consider Children's Middle Eastern Historical Fiction. One of the best books for children is Lailah's Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi and Lea Lyon, which teaches young readers the story of the biblical King Solomon. Other titles include Andrew Killeen's The Father of Locks and Mina Javaherbin's Sami and the Time of the Troubles.
Lailah's Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi and Lea Lyon
The daybreak children's picture book award celebrates the contributions of Muslim women to literature, and Lailah's Lunchbox by the authors Reem Faruqi and Lee Lyon is an excellent example. The award is a cooperative project of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Daybreak Children's Picture Book Foundation. This book is the winner of this year's award, which will be presented to the author at the Daybreak Children's Picture Book Awards.
In addition to being a delightfully simple story, Lailah's Lunchbox teaches about the central practice of Islam: fasting. The illustrations are soft and complement the storyline. The book's focus on Lailah's first Ramadan is empathetic, although it could have done more to help children better understand the significance of fasting in Muslim countries.
"Lailah's Lunchbox by Rea Lyon and Reem Faruqi is a wonderful picture book about the Islamic fasting period. Although it is set during Ramadan, it also works well for children who observe Islam outside of the holy month of Ramadan. The 32-page book depicts a Muslim girl named Lailah, who has trouble making new friends in America after moving to Abu Dhabi. The Muslim tradition requires children to fast for at least 10-12 years, and Lailah's mother finally decides that she is old enough to do so.
After immigrating to the United States, Lailah and her family find themselves in a new school, thousands of miles from home. She misses her friends, and is excited to participate in Ramadan, but worries that her new classmates won't understand her fast. A teacher and librarian help Lailah overcome her fears and make new friends at school.
Andrew Killeen's The Father of Locks
Andrew Killeen is an English writer who was born in Birmingham. He studied English at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge and has spent most of his career working with homeless youth. Aside from writing, Killeen also performs as a DJ and musician, and he supports Birmingham City FC. This is his first novel, and he is sure to please fans of historical crime fiction and detective fiction.
The Father of Locks is a historical adventure novel that takes readers back to Baghdad, around 800 AD. The language and rhythms of sentences are reminiscent of those of true storytellers. The plot twists and turns in this novel will captivate readers. Readers will enjoy this whirlwind tour of politics, poetry, and history. If you are looking for a new Arabian detective novel, look no further than Andrew Killeen's debut novel.
Mina Javaherbin's The Secret Message
This year's One Book, One San Diego for Kids program includes "The Secret Message" by Mina Javaherbin, a children's companion to her earlier picture book, "Sky of Red Poppies." The story is based on the ancient Persian poem, "The Secret Message," by Jalaledin Rumi. In the story, a merchant who keeps a parrot to attract customers gives it freedom in exchange for his promise to bring something to his family. In return, the merchant promises the parrot something for each member of his family, a request that makes him feel special.
Sami and the Time of the Troubles
In this historical novel, a Lebanese ten-year-old boy goes to school, helps with chores, and plays with his friends. Things change when fighting breaks out and bombings start. The young boy becomes a refugee in a basement shelter. But the fighting doesn't end there. The story is a heartbreaking tale of survival and friendship. This novel is a moving portrayal of life in wartime Lebanon.
The novel depicts life in a country that is in the midst of civil war. A young boy named Sami, a refugee, is displaced from his home and bunks in the basement of his uncle's house. He uses his radio to keep himself entertained. As a result, he feels safe in his new surroundings. He dreams of meeting his friends and living in the open. Despite the dire circumstances, he remains hopeful of one day regaining normality.
The author of Sami and the Time of the Troubles is an author with great skill and a passion for children's literature. Florence Parry Heide was born in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and graduated from UCLA in 1933. While her career was interrupted by World War II, she also worked in advertising and PR. She passed away at the age of 92 in 2011. Her daughter, Judith Heide Gilliland, is the co-author of Sami and the Time of the Troubles. Their book Strange Birds and Travels With Ted and Betsy Lewin are also a bestseller.