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“…Syrian-Canadian activist Ramadan writes with poetic immediacy about displacement, home, and family.” –Publishers Weekly

Salma the Syrian Chef

Written by Danny Ramadan
Illustrated by Anna Bron
Published by Annick Press

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 in her Welcome Home are happy to lend a hand–and a sprinkle of sumac. With creativity, determination, and charm, Salma brings her new friends together to show Mama that even though things aren’t perfect, there is cause for hope and celebration. Syrian culture is beautifully represented through the meal Salma prepares and Anna Bron’s vibrant illustrations, while the diverse cast of characters speaks to the power of cultivating community in challenging circumstances.

Primary ISBN: 9781773213750

Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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Setting: Canada

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant

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

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