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Review of <i>Yasmin’s Hammer </i> by Ann Malaspina

Title

Review of Yasmin’s Hammer by Ann Malaspina

ISBN

9781600603594

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

Lee & Low Books

City

New York

Disciplines

Library and Information Science | Modern Literature

Keywords

Children's literature, reviews

Review

Yasmin and her sister Mita take their father’s rented rickshaw to work at the brickyard every day, cracking and crushing bricks all day for a couple of coins. Their Abba and Amma work multiple jobs just to survive in their city, Dhaka. But Yasmin dreams of going to school to learn how to read. She resolves to work harder so that one day she can read about her old home in the village. Malaspina’s story about a young girl in Bangladesh and the hardships of her family’s situation is genuine and powerful. From this book the reader is confronted with the economical hardships that families in other countries may face, and how they often work together to support each other. I think that this book is wonderful for instilling a global awareness in young readers. The illustrations are beautifully cultivated; the colors reminiscent of the country’s spicy palate. An afterward is included, giving more information on the people of Bangladesh. Highly Recommended. Ariel Foshay Bacon, Centennial Library Intern, Cedarville University

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