Coming to America: A Muslim Family's Story
New York: Lee & Low Books Inc.
2003, 48 pages
Uses easy-to-read text and vivid photos to describe the daily activities of an actual Muslim family working hard to establish their new life in America after immigrating from Egypt. The Mahmoud family, earning only $60 a month in Egypt, won a lottery for a "green card" which allows legal immigration to the United States. Hassan, the father, works as a night clerk in a 24-hour grocery store in New York City and the stress of this job is taxing. Soad, the mother, stays at home to care for the family but spends weekends learning English. Amr, graduates from eighth grade and achieves excellent academic honors which pleases his parents. Sisters Dina and Rown also work hard in school and learn about American customs such as Father's Day and fashion trends. The family struggles to buy food and pay rent while maintaining the Egyptian custom of expansive dinners consisting of soups, several entrees, and desserts. They stay true to their Muslim faith through observing the rituals of several daily prayer breaks and make a special visit to a great mosque in Manhattan. An afterword explains the significance of the Qur'an as a guide for daily conduct and the five basic pillars of the Muslim faith. (IP)
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