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Salam Alaikum by Harris J and Ward Jenkins (2017) #ownvoices
A young boy spreads his message of peace, hope, and optimism, changing the world around him from drab and gray to full of life and color as small acts of kindness pass from person to person. Turning a song into a book is often tricky, as the lines scan differently when read than sung, but the pros outweigh the cons for this title, particularly with so few books representing any aspect of Muslim culture. The greeting, "Assalamu Alaikum" appears throughout the book as different people interact. It's a perfect fit for a "Hello/Goodbye" storytime or any other theme celebrating greetings.
Themes/Topics: peace, hope, kindness, greetings, hello, goodbye
Sample text from the first three spreads:
"You can try to turn off the sun,
I'm still going to shine away
and tell everyone we're having some fun today."