This fictional tale is about a spirited second grader named Yasim, who lives with a multi-generational Pakistani American family. She has adventures as an explorer, a painter, a builder and a fashionista.
I took the book to my story time at the library and it got a room full of thumbs up. Everyone that attends is in age range of 4-6, so the book was perfect since the author suggests a range of 5-8. I read them the chapter on Yasmin being a painter. We then talked about times we were in art class when we feel that we are not any good. The kids loved that there was a person just like them, who feels that way about their artwork too. It was such a great discussion about how art allows you to make mistakes.
While reading the story, I returned to talk about the word “jaan” in the chapter. Yasmin’s mother says it to her and I shared the appendix in the back with the kids to show them what it means, life, and is used as a term of endearment in Urdu. I also showed the kids another page on Pakistan facts and a recipe for lassi, a yogurt drink.
When I got home, I shared the book with my teen, who wanted to try to make the lassi.
She had a little fun with the straw, by adding a Pakistan flag, based on our previous moon & star straw toppers. There is an image of it in the back on the Pakistan facts page. The flag is a green field with a white crescent moon and five-rayed star at its center, and a vertical white stripe at the hoist side. Since the side of the flag is white, when she drinks the lassi, the clear straw also turns white.
The drink recipe only took a few minutes to make and was so yummy.
3 cups plain yogurt
2 cups milk
3 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
My daughter placed the ice in a blender first.
After crushing it, she added all the other ingredients.
After everything was pureed, we placed it in the refrigerator for a few hours to get cold.
While we were waiting for the lassi to get cold, we made a Pakistan flag with a few simple things we had around the house. Including a fun bottle of fabric paint I received as a Plaid Ambassador.
My daughter started by cutting out a small flag shape from the green felt. It measured approximately 2 inches by 2 1/2 inches.
My daughter then used the scissors to cut out two slits for the straw to fit.
She used the fabric paint to create a stripe on the side of the flag, covering up the slits she just cut.
My daughter used the smallest brush we had, to create a small crescent moon and star shape on the side.
Once the Pakistan flag straw topper was dry, we used it to drink the cold lassi.
What a fun book Meet Yasmin! is and we are so happy to try a new drink.
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