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“Khan delivers another astute and moving story, ostensibly dealing with sibling rivalry, but actually about hard-won lessons emerging from clashes of identity and assimilation.” –Publishers Weekly

Big Red Lollipop

Written by Rukhsana Khan
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers

Rubina has been invited to her first birthday party, and her mother, Ami, insists that she bring her little sister along. Rubina is mortified, but she can’t convince Ami that you just don’t bring your younger sister to your friend’s party. So both girls go, and not only does Sana demand to win every game, but after the party she steals Rubina’s prized party favor, a red lollipop. What’s a fed-up big sister to do? Rukhsana Khan’s clever story and Sophie Blackall’s irresistible illustrations make for a powerful combination in this fresh and surprising picture book.

Primary ISBN: 9780670062874
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 05 or older

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Setting: Canada

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Arrival

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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Lesson PlanSource: Scholastic 

Teaching Guide (PDF)
Source: Author website- rukhsanakhan.com

Story Map Multi-Level Lesson
Source: Teaching Books

Story Read-Along with pause-and-discuss questions
Source: Scholastic

Storytelling Performance
Source: Author Website (rukhsanakhan.com)

How to Teach Point-of-View Tutorial Video
Source: Author Website- rukhsanakhan.com

This book is part of the Welcoming Library. The Welcoming Library is a traveling collection of picture books set in our New Arrival and 
New American communities. From small towns to big cities, these immigration stories are helping readers 
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