February 27, 2017

A family's story

Coming to America: A Muslim Family's Story
by Bernard Wolf

This book is a realistic look at an Egyptian family's arrival in the United States. The father, Hassan, won a green card lottery. He spent four years alone in New York City before earning enough money to send for his family, which included then eight-year-old Rowan. The clear text and bright photographs allow readers to share in the family's experiences as they work, shop, go to school, and practice their religion.

The photos reveal a close-knit family that take pleasure in the company of friends and each other. They also capture the weariness in Hassan's face as he works nights in a store, the sadness of Rowan when she thinks of her homeland, and the quiet pride of her brother on his graduation day.

After reading this book, readers will gain a clearer understanding of the challenges immigrants face, and a few basic facts about Islam.

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