Meet Yasmin! (Yasmin #1-4)

by Saadia Faruqi (Author) Hatem Aly (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Yasmin
Meet Yasmin! Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those aha moments to help her solve life's little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn't get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers.
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School Library Journal

Starred Review

Gr 1-3—Yasmin Ahmad is exploring the world around her with eagerness and curiosity. Yasmin learns about ancient explorers and mapmaking from her Baba, prompting her to explore the local farmer's market and plan out her journey. She also transforms into a fashionista when she's with her Nani, trying on her Mama's embroidered kameez and satin hijab. As she delves into new experiences, Yasmin also faces some common childhood fears and develops creative solutions on her own. Faruqi introduces readers to a delightful new beginning reader series that features an imaginative second grader who will quickly become a favorite among emergent readers. Aly's animated illustrations are the perfect complement to the text and bring Yasmin and her beloved family to life. The author includes back matter, such as vocabulary in Urdu as well as facts about Pakistan. VERDICT A definite purchase for any beginning reader collection.—Claire Moore, Manhattan Beach Library, CA

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Publishers Weekly

In this first installment of an early chapter book series, Pakistani-American Yasmin is an audacious second-grader whose abundant curiosity leads her to new discoveries, trials, and mishaps. In the first of four episodes, Yasmin is inspired to become an explorer after observing maps in her father's book. She decides to make a map of the neighborhood, which she consults when she is parted from her mother during a trip to the farmer's market. In subsequent stories, Yasmin becomes frustrated during school projects but ultimately finds unique ways to contribute. And in the final tale, "Yasmin the Fashionista," she accidentally tears her mother's colorful kameez while trying it on, but once again employs problem-solving skills. Faruqi writes in clear, vivid text and in digestible chapters, incorporating references to Pakistani culture and customs. In brightly colored artwork by Aly (The Inquisitor's Tale), Yasmin's wide-eyed expressions and flamboyant style (striped tights, a polka-dotted painter's smock, red cowgirl boots) lend her great appeal. Ages 5-8. (Aug.)

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Saadia Faruqi
Saadia Faruqi was born in Pakistan and moved to the United States when she was 22 years old. She writes the Yasmin series and popular middle-grade novels such as Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero. Besides writing books for kids, she also loves reading, binge-watching her favorite shows, and taking naps. She lives in Houston with her family.
Ani Bushry graduated from the University of West England with a background in graphic design and illustration. She grew up listening to stories her mom would tell her and always wanted to tell her own stories. She lives in the Maldives with her husband and cat, Lilo, whom she loves to spoil.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Picture Window Books
Publication date
August 20, 2018
BISAC categories
JUV013030 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
JUV039000 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | General
JUV011020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Asian American
Library of Congress categories
United States
Elementary schools
Creative ability
Pakistani Americans
Muslim girls
Muslim families

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