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Layla, the new girl in first grade, is hesitant to participate in school-day activities because she is afraid that her head scarf makes her look too different from her classmates. But as the day progresses, and the curious first graders learn more about Layla's culture, they help to make her feel more comfortable in her new school.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Star Bright Books (first published May 28th 2009)
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Betsy
Nov 30, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it
Picture books serve all kinds of purposes. Some are meant to entertain. Others to instruct. Some deal with concrete subjects, and others are more emotional. Today I was asked at my library to come up with a list of children's books in which a character is visibly different from the other kids in their class. It was tough, but I came up with a couple, ending with One Green Apple by Eve Bunting. The books I listed had to be part of my library's collection, which disappointed me because if there we ...more
Alice
Aug 25, 2012 Alice rated it liked it
I guess I expected more from this book. I wanted it to be about diversity. I wanted it to be more about why Layla wears a head scarf. I was hoping it would teach children that we all have different cultures and religions and customs but that doesn't mean they are bad or evil. It talks about a Jewish grandfather who wears a hat, and talks about where Layla is from but it isn't specific. First Graders are curious and it would have been nice if they talked about why Layla wear a head scarf and what ...more
Carmen Maya
Mar 26, 2014 Carmen Maya rated it really liked it
How to tackle being different? Layla is new to the school and some of the children question her about why she wears a head scarf. She feels sad and threatened, and doesn't want to join in with the rest of the group. Her teacher gets the whole class to draw a picture of their families and they realise how they are all different in their own way.

It is an excellent way to deal with issues of multiculturalism and belonging. A great book to use for a PSHE lesson!
Jane Njoroge
Mar 15, 2016 Jane Njoroge rated it it was amazing
Layla's Head Scarf
by Miriam Cohen,
The book is entertaining and involving.Layla, the new girl in first grade, is hesitant to participate in school-day activities because she is afraid that her head scarf makes her look too different from her classmates. But as the day progresses, and the curious first graders learn more about Layla's culture, they help to make her feel more comfortable in her new school.
Kate Hastings
Dec 04, 2009 Kate Hastings rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Grades PreK- 3, multicultural, tolerance
Layla is Muslim and has just moved to the United States. She is very shy in the classroom, which isn't helped by the fact that other students are unfamiliar with her culture. Over time, students think about how each of their families have certain traditions and times for dressing or doing their hair a certain way-- and that Layla isn't really that different after all.
Anti Wibawa
Feb 07, 2011 Anti Wibawa rated it really liked it
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having been reading this book, my daughter starts to think of that being different can be special too :)
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