About the Book
Title: My Friend Suhana: A Story of Friendship and Cerebral Palsy
Authors: Shaila Abdullah & Aanyah Abdullah
Publication Date: December 16, 2013
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Recommended Ages: 3+
SummaryA simple tale of love and friendship to warm your heart. Award-winning author and designer Shaila Abdullah teams up with her 10-year-old daughter Aanyah to bring you this heartwarming tale of a little girl who forms a close bond with a child with cerebral palsy.
Heart of a Philanthropist's TakeHow do you 'act' around someone with cerebral palsy? What do you say? What do you do? My Friend Suhana is an innocent story of a girl who has a friend with cerebral palsy and answers these questions as she allows us to peek into their friendship. Suhana's friend is also the narrator. She draws Suhana pictures and plays with her. Although theirs is not a traditional friendship, it is obvious that the girls both care for each other deeply. This book will help some kids who are afraid of people that are different than them to open up and share a bit more of themselves. This book will greatly help children learn that they too can be friends with someone who is different than them. I really like the simplicity of the story and the understanding Suhana's friend has for her. I received a copy of My Friend Suhana in exchange for my honest review. Although the book was given to me as a gift, this is no way affected the outcome of my review.
About the Authors: Shaila Abdullah & Aanyah AbdullahShaila Abdullah is an author and designer based in Austin, Texas. She is the author of two books: Saffron Dreams and Beyond the Cayenne Wall. The author has received several awards for her work including the Golden Quill Award, Norumbega Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction, Patras Bukhari Award for English Language, Reader Views Award, Written Art Award, and a grant from Hobson Foundation. Aanyah Abdullah is a creative and compassionate 10-year-old, who is drawn to children born with physical and mental disabilities. When she was in second grade, Aanyah along with her mother Shaila, started volunteering out at a local community center where they helped assist special needs children. Later Aanyah wrote an essay about her friendship with a girl in the class who had cerebral palsy. That essay is the inspiration behind My Friend Suhana. Aanyah dreams of establishing a special school for children with disabilities one day. She is known to always stand up for what is right and is-–in her parents’ and teachers’ eyes––a perfect role model for her baby sister.
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