Sunday, February 5, 2017

Book Review: Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam by Fawzia Gilani-Williams, Illustrations by Chiara Fedele

This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.

Yaffa is Jewish and Fatima is Muslim. Both love God but worship differently. One attends a synagogue and the other attends a mosque. Both of them own a date grove and spend time each week gathering dates. Hard times come and both of them worry about each other, that they won't have enough dates. Both of them find a way to get some of their dates to the other that shows a deep kindness and love towards each other.

This book shows differences and similarities in the Jewish religion versus the Muslim religion. The story and illustrations show the different ways women dress, different ways of saying "peace", different foods that they eat, different times of fasting, different religious books they read from in the morning, Teachers, parents, or anybody else that reads this book to children can look those words up ahead of time or after the story is read though.

I like how this book shows the differences and similarities of each religion to show that both want to follow God through their religions. I also like that this book showed how dates are an important food for both religions.

I wish there was a glossary in the back of the book so some of the words can be defined when reading this book to children, such as for some of the foods and holy days that are mentioned from both religions. Even though the Bible is not specifically mentioned, I can see where at least one of the groups incorporated it into their life through a Biblical holiday, while both of them were showing a love of their neighbor.

My review = 4.5 out of 5 stars

I received a paperback copy of this book free for the purpose of reviewing it.

Ages: 4-9
Grades: PreK-3

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