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All Salma wants is to make her mama smile again. Between English classes, job interviews, and missing Papa back in Syria, Mama always seems busy or sad. A homemade Syrian meal might cheer her up, but Salma doesn’t know the recipe, or what to call the vegetables in English, or where to find the right spices! Luckily, the staff and other newcomers at the Welcome Center are ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Annick Press
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La Coccinelle
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, children, netgalley
Salma the Syrian Chef is a sweet story about the immigrant experience.

Salma and her mother live temporarily in the Welcome Center in Vancouver with a number of other immigrants. Salma is trying to adjust to her new life, but she's aware that her mother is busy and distracted. In fact, it's been a long time since Salma has heard her mother laugh. She thinks that if she can bring a little taste of home to Canada, it might help... so she sets out to make foul shami. Not knowing the language makes
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Alicia Bayer
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is just a beautiful story in every way. The artwork is lovely but the story itself is even more so. A little girl misses her father and her home from her new home in Vancouver with her mother. She misses her mother's smile most of all. She tries to cheer up her mother with a drawing and jokes but nothing works until she decides to cook her mother's favorite Syrian dish.

This could be an easy ending, with the girl magically figuring out how to make it and getting the ingredients and
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Stephanie
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Think back to when you were a child and you picked up a book and began to read and noticed that the illustrations looked like the place where you lived, or the setting was the same city you live in and you can picture all the places the characters go. There is a special kind of magic that takes hold when a child can see their experience reflected back from the pages of a book.

Salma the Syrian Chef by Danny Ramadan and Ann Bron is a three course meal of perfection. An incredible mirror book for
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Megan Schmelzer
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Salma the Syrian Chef is a diverse picture book about a young girl doing everything she can to make her mother happy.

Salma and her mother are new to the country. They have moved from Syria, and they both are missing their home and family that they had to leave behind. Salma's heart hurts every time she sees how sad her mother looks. She knows her mother is homesick for Syria, so Salma decides to surprise her mom by making their favorite Syrian dish from home

It doesn't take long before Salma
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Stacey DeCotis (Reading in the Middle Grades)
Salma wants to make her mama laugh, laugh like she used to back home in Syria, laugh like she used to with her friends at the refugee camps. With the help of many others who are living at the Welcome Center in Vancouver, Salma tries to find the best recipe to make for her mama who has been sad for so long. Her father is back at home, they can't rebuild their house here, Salma has difficulty saying the names of the foods, spices, and vegetables in English but she makes drawings and gets help ...more
Savannah
This was so wholesome to read! I never read anything like this when I was a child and I'm so glad that kids now will be able to more easily learn about each other's experiences in a way I wasn't able to.
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Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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Danny Ramadan (also known as Ahmad Danny Ramadan) is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, storyteller and an LGBTQ-refugee activist. His English debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, continues to receive raving reviews.

The book is positively reviewed by Quill and Quire, Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, Globe and Mail among other publications. Released in May 2017, The Clothesline Swing was
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