9781613740170

A Kid's Guide to Arab American History; More Than 50 Activities

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  • ISBN13:

    9781613740170

  • ISBN10:

    1613740174

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2013-01-01
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press

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Summary

Dispelling common stereotypessuch as the belief that all Arabs share the same culture, religion, and language, and have only recently begun immigrating to the United Statesthis exploration provides a contemporary as well as historical look at the people and experiences that have shaped Arab American culture. Each chapter focuses on a different group of Arab Americans including those of Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian, Jordanian, Egyptian, Iraqi, and Yemeni descent and features activities that highlight their distinct arts, games, clothing, and food. Kids will love dancing the dabke, constructing a derbekkedrum, playing a game of senet, making hummus, creating an arabesque design, and crafting an Egyptian-style cuff bracelet. Along the way they will learn to count in Kurdish, pick up a few Syrian words for family members, learn a Yemeni saying, and learn to speak some Iraqi. Short biographies of notable Arab Americans demonstrate a wide variety of careers and contributions, including actor and philanthropist Danny Thomas, singer Paula Abdul, quarterback Doug Flutie, and activist Ralph Nader. Kids will come away with a better understanding of how Arab Americans have helped build and protect this country and have been part of our fabric as a nation for well over 100 years.

Author Biography

Yvonne Wakim Dennis is a Cherokee and Syrian author, curriculum developer, social worker, and multicultural consultant. She is the coauthor of the award-winning A Kidís Guide to Native American History and Native Americans Today. She lives in New York City. Maha Addasi is the author of The White Nights of Ramadan and Time to Pray, both ALA recommended books. She has been a freelance writer, news correspondent, television anchor, and radio producer in Amman, Jordan. She was born in Kuwait and lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

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