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My Friend: Jamal

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"Different cultures. Fast friends."

Jamal and Joseph were born in the same hospital in the same month. Now they're best friends. The two like to play at each other's homes. Joseph's mom knows Jamal can't eat pork sausages because he's Muslim. She knows, too, that he can't have ice cream because of his eczema.

Some things that happen at Jamal's house are a lot different from
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 21st 2008 by Annick Press (first published February 1st 2008)
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Chanae Wills
This story is a narrative from Joseph’s perspective about his best friend Jamal. Jamal is Somali American and Joseph is American with a Polish background. Joseph tells about the similarities between him and his best friend Jamal, and he also tells about the amazing differences that he likes about Jamal. For example, “we were born in the exact same month, so we started kindergarten at the same time.” “At Jamal’s we get to eat sitting on the floor. It’s like a picnic every day! My favorite thing t ...more
Kathleen Garber
This is the first book in the new My Friend Series depicting children from different cultures and how they live. As for the art, the heads are photographs of real people but their bodies are drawn in by Ben Frey. As for their surroundings, you will find a little of both kinds of art.

In the book we are introduce to quite a few different aspects of Jamal’s life. Jamal is Somalian and here are just some of the things we find out about his family: Jamal’s parents came from Somalia and sometimes his
This story is about a boy named Joseph and his best friend Jamal. They are both born the same month and in the same hospital. Jamal is Somali and Joseph is Polish. The story is written as if Joseph is the narrator and he compares his family to Jamal’s. Jamal’s mom knows three different languages but she had to go to college to learn English. Joseph has learned so much from Jamal’s family and visa versa. I think this is a good book because it reaches so much. This book reminds me of Dr. Martin Lu ...more
Joseph and Jamal were born at the same hospital, and became best friends in kindergarten. Joseph shares the similarities and differences of their families; food, customs, dress, etc. There are many, since Jamal's parents come from Somalia and are Muslim, and Joseph is of Polish herritage. Joseph shares the games that they play and the events they attend together. This is a great story for respectfully celebrating differences and embracing the similarities within a friendship.
Beaming boyhood bliss pops from zesty action-packed photography-and-paint collage as a spunky seven year old proudly presents the shared adventures and intriguing details of life with his very best bud, Jamal -- who happens to be Somali.

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An American boy tells about his friend Jamal, who is a Muslim. they both have different lives but yet they are similar. This book teaches about acceptace of different cultures. It is an interesting book, children will really enjoy the real pictures and touching story about friendship!
Christie Suh
This book is about two boys who are best friends. Even with their different cultures (one child is American and the other is Muslim) these two boys learn to appreciate one another. It's a good book about friendship.
Ashley Correll
This book is very good! An American boy tells us (the reader) about his friend Jamal, who is Muslim. They both have different lives, but yet they are very similar.
Laura Byrd
Full disclosure- I'm friends with the author. I love the idea of this series. Great book.
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Fardowsa Moha
Very nice story..
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