The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story by Aya Khalil and Anait Semirdzhyan

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By Aya Khalil, Illustrated by Anait Semirdzhyan, Tilbury House Publishers, Hardcover, 36 pages

This authentic story with beautiful illustrations includes a glossary of Arabic words and a presentation of Arabic letters with their phonetic English equivalents.

That night, Kanzi wraps herself in the beautiful Arabic quilt her teita (grandma) in Cairo gave her and writes a poem in Arabic about the quilt. The next day, her teacher sees the poem and gets the entire class excited about creating a “quilt” (a paper collage) of student names in Arabic. In the end, Kanzi’s most treasured reminder of her old home provides a pathway for acceptance in her new one.

About the author:

Aya Khalil, M. Ed, is an author and freelance journalist. She holds a master's degree in Education with a focus on teaching English as a second language. She's been featured in Teen Vogue, Yahoo!, Book Riot and USA Today.

The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story by Aya Khalil and Anait Semirdzhyan
The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story by Aya Khalil and Anait Semirdzhyan
The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story by Aya Khalil and Anait Semirdzhyan
The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story by Aya Khalil and Anait Semirdzhyan