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Penguin: Young Readers Group Summer 2022

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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: Available On Sale Date: Jun 28, 2022 Carton Quantity: 24 $23.99 CAD
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A Mermaid Girl
By (author): Sana Rafi Illustrated by: Olivia Aserr
Sana Rafi ,

Illustrated by :

Olivia Aserr

Imprint:

Viking Books for Young Readers

ISBN:

9780593327609

Product Form:

Hardcover
Hardcover
English

Audience:

Children: Age (years) 5 - 7, Grade (US) K - 2
Jun 28, 2022
$23.99 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

11.31in x 9.44 x 0.33 in | 0.96 lb

Page Count:

40 pages
Viking Children's Books
Viking Books for Young Readers
JUVENILE FICTION / Religious / Muslim
A young girl celebrates the experience of wearing a burkini for the first time in this lyrical and heartwarming picture book that casts a fresh light on timeless summer activities, and celebrates cultural traditions and intergenerational bonds.

Summer is here and Heba is so excited to wear her new, yellow burkini to the community pool for the first time! She can’t wait to look like the other mermaid girls in her family and sparkle like the sun.



But when Heba arrives at the pool and her friends start asking her questions about her new special swimsuit, she feels like she’s standing out too much. Suddenly her burkini seems like a bad idea.



Luckily Mama helps Heba to find strength in the mermaid girls who came before her. Feeling more connected to the women of her family, Heba is ready to show her friends that she can do all the same things that they can do—handstands, summersaults, and dives off the diving board—even while wearing her yellow burkini.

MERMAIDS ARE PERENNIALLY POPULAR: From the classic, Hans Christian Andersen tale, to more contemporary hits, like Pearl and Coral by Molly Idle and Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, mermaids are timeless and perennially popular. Combined with a delightful story about the first warm day of the summer, this picture book has the potentail to backlist for years to come. 



POSITIVE REPRESENTATION: Conservative political parties in countries, like France, are working hard to prohibit Muslim women from wearing hijabs, burkinis, and burqas in public. This story works to address the Islamaphobia and racism that the Muslim community faces by providing a much-needed mirror for young girls who want to participate in this religious and cultural tradition.



BURKINIS ARE MAINSTREAM: In 2019, Somali American model Halima Aden became the first woman to appear in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue wearing a hijab and burkini and she returned for 2020’s swimsuit issue. Brands like Nike also now sell burkinis on their website and there are many up-and-coming swimwear companies that are creating inclusive and fashionable swimsuits for the Muslim community.

Sana Rafi is a Muslim American author who received her MFA from Columbia University in New York. She’s passionate about showcasing Muslim and immigrant characters in her books. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, visiting beaches or being silly with her son. Rafi currently resides in sunny California but is often found daydreaming of her hometown, Lahore, Pakistan. Find out more at www.sanarafi.com.

Author Residence: San Francisco Bay Area

Olivia Aserr is a visual development artist and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She currently does background paint at Cartoon Network and writes and illustrates children's books. She developed her skills at both Art Center School of Design and Rhode Island School of Design (earning her BFA from the latter in 2014). Olivia is passionate about telling stories that are fantastical and diverse. In her free time, Olivia swing dances all over Los Angeles and the rest of the world, and loves to bake and hike with her dog, Bonnibel.
 

Illustrator Residence: Los Angeles, CA

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