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Yasmin in Charge

Book review by
Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Problem-solving girl shares her culture in sweet stories.

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Educational Value

Kids will learn about Pakistani culture, food, a little Urdu vocabulary. 

Positive Messages

Strong messages about kindness and problem-solving.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Yasmin’s Pakistani family is loving and supportive, and so are all of the adults she encounters.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Saadia Faruqi’s Yasmin in Charge is a collection of four kind, happy stories that pair vibrant illustrations and Yasmin’s never-give-up attitude to show young readers that optimism, creativity, and a caring heart help any situation. Yasmin’s family is warm and loving, and she shares parts of her Pakistani culture throughout each story. The food is especially interesting to any reader who has had a picky palate, and at the end of the book, there’s a short Urdu-English dictionary and facts about Pakistan.

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What's the story?

YASMIN IN CHARGE is a collection of four stories starring young Yasmin and her Pakistani family. When her teacher has to step out of the classroom and wants Yasmin to keep everyone on task, Yasmin discovers how hard it is to get her classmates to finish their work. In other stories, she needs to come up with a food she likes that is special enough to serve at a family party, finds another way to feed zoo animals after she drops their plate, and tries to be a superhero around her neighborhood, only to discover that there was no one big problem to solve.

Is it any good?

This sweet collection of stories keeps young readers’ attention with both Yasmin’s actions and the brightly colored, jump-off-the-page illustrations. Yasmin in Charge focuses on good intentions and persistence, and is a wonderful showcase for Pakistani culture, with Urdu words and traditional foods sprinkled throughout the stories. Yasmin is relatable; the problems she’s solving and the situations she’s in are just right for readers at this level.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the classroom reacts in the first story in Yasmin in Charge. Are the Were kids fair to Yasmin? What do you think of a teacher leaving a student in charge of a class, even for a minute?

  • Does your family have any food traditions? Anything your ancestors made, or a new tradition your family started?

  • What other books have you read that have characters like Yasmin?

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