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[Saturday Reads] Girl Learns to Love Herself in “Leila in Saffron”

Grandmothers bring out the best in us!

Fats here.

Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.

Leila in Saffron

Written by Rukhsanna Guidroz
Illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova
Published by Salaam Reads (2019)
ISBN-13: 9781534425644

Buy Leila in Saffron on Amazon | Book Depository

Sometimes, I’m not sure if I like being me. When I look in a mirror, I see skinny arms and knobby knees…

Leila loves her grandmother. Leila is in her element when she and her family would visit Naani. Friday means sharing family dinner at Naani’s place. Leila sometimes feels unsure about herself and how she looks. However, Naani always reassures her otherwise. That particular night, Naani comments that saffron is a good color for Leila, which perfectly matches Leila’s dark eyes. Throughout the rest of the book, Leila is determined to look for parts of her that she likes. Readers will enjoy Mirtalipova’s vibrant illustrations as well as Naani’s loving personality. Truly, grandmothers know best!

Note: Sample images courtesy of Simon and Schuster online.

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