Yasmin the Scientist

Capstone/Picture Window Bks. (Yasmin). Jan. 2021. 32p. pap. $5.95. ISBN 9781515883739.
Gr 1-3–Second grader Yasmin needs an idea for the school science fair. Baba offers to help her make a volcano, but in inimitable Yasmin style, she creates an experiment that’s uniquely her own. Supported by caring adults at school and a loving, multigenerational home, Yasmin is relatable, inspirational, and charming. Aly’s vibrant full-color art has a hip, retro 1960s feel and perfectly captures Yasmin’s wide-eyed curiosity. It’s a perfectly designed early reader with plenty of white space, no more than six words per line, and a balance of long and short sentences. Back matter encourages readers to learn simple Urdu words like salaam (hello) and shukriya (thank you). Fun facts about Pakistan, such as the country’s flag, popular foods, and spoken languages, are included. Bringing the book to a fizzy, delightful end is the recipe for Yasmin’s drinkable science project.
VERDICT Highly recommended for all early reader collections.

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