The Day Saida Arrived by Susana Gomez Redondo & Sonja Wimmer
📚 The Day Saida Arrived 📚
Author: Susana Gomez Redondo
Illustrator: Sonja Wimmer
Publisher: Blue Dot Kids Press
Islamic Content: Arabic
A little girl is determined to make friends with a new girl, Saida. But Saida doesn't speak any English, only Arabic. However, the little girl (narrator) begins teaching Saida English while Saida teacher the Arabic words.
This is a lyrical read that takes the reader in a world of whimsical imagination. The words just float on the pages so thoughtfully. This book really displays the how far kindness can go. In this case it took just a small step of initiation to create an incredible bond of friendship. The book is written in first person and the narrator's name is left unknown. The story really centers around Saida while the narrator is persistent in being friends with her through teaching Saida new words while learning Arabic words that Saida teaches her. While this is a picture book, I found the text to be to wordy and advanced. As an adult, I really enjoyed reading it and appreciated the lyrical approach, however I think young children might need a little bit of direction with this book. I think this one can be used for discussion with middle grade readers. If your local library has it, check it out.