The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story

The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story, written by Aya Khalil, illustrated by Anait Semirdzhyan, published February 18, 2020 by Tilbury House Publishers.


A beautiful story about embracing your culture and being proud of where you come from – and who you are.

Kanzi’s family has immigrated to America all the way from Egypt. When the first day of school arrives, she desperately wants to blend in. But plans to go under the radar fly out the window when her mom shows up with the kofta she forgot to bring with her for lunch. Struggling with feelings of embarrassment, Kanzi will soon discover that “fitting in” isn’t always the most important thing; rather, it’s embracing who you are.

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