Friday, July 10, 2020

The Day Saida Arrived - a bookwrap


The Day Saida Arrived 

Authored by Susan Gómez Redondo
Illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
Translated by Lawrence Schimel

* Ages:  3-7
* Grade Level: PS-2
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Blue Dot Kids Press
* Pub. Date:  Sept. 15, 2020
* Language:  English 

Editorial Reviews

"Wow―this book is powerful, beautiful, and meaningful. The illustrations are fantastic and unique, and the text matches and tells the story of two friends―one a new girl who implicitly immigrated from Morocco and the other an understanding, welcoming girl with the desire to help her new friend." ― Bookroo

"Exploring and widening each other worlds through language and friendship, these girls are a model for promoting a culture of welcoming and belonging."―Abdelaziz Rhazzali, I'm Your Neighbor Books

"The lyricism of the words and the surrealism of the pictures in The Day Saida Arrived transport you to a better world, one without borders. You'll want to read, then re-read this book to discover all the delightful details packed into the intricate illustrations and unwrap the nuance of words written in not one but two languages, from two seemingly different worlds bridged by the universal language of love and friendship.” ― Krystia Basil, author of A Sky Without Lines, a National Council of Social Studies Notable Book

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The Book

This charming Spanish import unveils the power of language in a beautiful way.  Two young girls dismantle their language barriers by learning each other's language thus creating a bond between the two that will never be broken. 

Saida immigrates from Morocco and is isolated from others because she cannot understand or speak their language.  One little girl takes it upon herself to step forward and to find the words that will make Saida feel accepted and warmly welcome in her new environment. The girls have fun learning how to verbally communicate to each other and all about their different cultures.  

The lyrical text explodes with words from both English and Arabic that weave in and out throughout the story as the pages are turned.  The back matter of the picture book includes a chart of both an Arabic and an English alphabet.  This book is a celebration of languages, learning, discovery and cementing a lovely forever relationship.  The vivid, whimsical illustrations are stunning. They portray strong emotions and delightful imagination.  They enshroud the tale in a magical aura that young readers will love.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS! 

Meet the Author

Susana Gómez Redondo has degrees in information sciences, literary theory, and comparative literature. She has published multiple picture books and teaches Pedagogy at the Soria University School of Education.

About the Illustrator

Sonja Wimmer is a renowned international illustrator. Her books are among the most best-selling in Europe. In the USA She has received the Independent Publisher Book Award, the International Latino Book, and she was two times winner of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Her book Bogo the Fox Who Wanted Everythingis a Junior Library Guild Selection.

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