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Bilal Cooks Daal

Written by Aisha Saeed
Illustrated by Anoosha Syed
Published by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You

Six-year-old Bilal is excited to help his dad make his favorite food of all-time: daal! The slow-cooked lentil dish from South Asia requires lots of ingredients and a whole lot of waiting. Bilal wants to introduce his friends to daal. They’ve never tried it! As the day goes on, the daal continues to simmer, and more kids join Bilal and his family, waiting to try the tasty dish. And as time passes, Bilal begins to wonder: Will his friends like it as much as he does? This debut picture book by Aisha Saeed, with charming illustrations by Anoosha Syed, uses food as a means of bringing a community together to share in each other’s family traditions.

Primary ISBN: 9781534418103

Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Arrival

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