Coming to America: A Muslim Family's Story

Coming to America: A Muslim Family's Story

by Bernard Wolf
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is a brightly photographed, realistic portrayal of a family's arrival in the United States from Alexandria, Egypt. The father arrives first, after winning a "green card lottery" offered to Egyptians who want to work in America. He worked long hours as a grocer in Queens until he was able to bring his family. We see the children in American schools with American teachers and school work, but returning home to Muslim and Egyptian traditions—regular times for daily praying, a mother who covers her hair and fixes familiar and plentiful Egyptian dishes for dinner. But the mother also heads out to English classes as soon as the children are finished with school for the summer! Although it might have been appealing to have more of an actual story line, the Mahmoud family demonstrates optimism and determination in making their new life work while saving the best of their old life. It is a good message for children whose families have been here for many generations as well as those just arriving. 2003, Lee & Low,
— Karen Leggett
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-In this intimate portrait of a loving family, Wolf introduces readers to the Mahmouds and their three children, recent emigrants from Egypt. A smoothly flowing text and candid photos detail their personalities, their day-to-day lives, their religious practices, and their hopes and dreams. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An experienced photo-essayist, Wolf often takes on difficult topics. Most of the members of the Mahmoud family left Egypt four years ago and now live in Queens, New York. Rowan is eight, and has a 13-year-old brother Amr, and a 12-year-old sister, Dina. The clear, engaging photos capture the family at home, in school, and at the mosque. Their religion is an integral part of their life, but school, television, and playing with friends take up most of their time. Wolf tackles some of the issues of immigration for adults and children, the hardships of learning a new language, the economic problems of finding an appropriate job, and homesickness-but with no mention of prejudice or current politics. An afterword provides more information on Islamic beliefs. Lacking an index or bibliography, this will still provide insight into the daily life of a recently arrived family. (Nonfiction. 7-11)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584301776
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
05/05/2003
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
752,824
Product dimensions:
10.46(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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