Review: The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

Reviewed by Racha Kassir The Turtle of Oman recounts how a third grader Omani boy named Aref refuses to move with his parents from Oman to the U.S. Ann Arbor, Michigan for three years while they obtain their doctorate degrees. Aref gives his mom a hard time while packing. No matter how large the suitcase,…

Review: Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle

Reviewed by Eileen Graves Opening with a dedication “to all the cats in my life,” Eric Carle tells a story about a little boy, who is looking for his lost cat and discovers a world full of different, beautiful cats. It is more about diversity than anything, and it gets the point across very well.…

Review: The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Reviewed by Ali Larson Unhei is worried nobody will like her at her new school, especially with a name that’s so difficult to pronounce. Does she need a new name? Unhei is filled with anxiety on her first day of school in America. It only gets worse as students on the bus tease her about…