We Are Palestinian: A Celebration of Culture and Tradition

Regular price $ 19.95

by Reem Kassis, Illustrated by Noha Eilouti

Crocodile Books

9/19/2023, hardcover

SKU: 9781623717254


A stunning non-fiction children's book celebrating everything Palestinian!

From culture and food, to music and literature, We Are Palestinian is a celebration of Palestinian heritage. Brought to life by award-winning writer Reem Kassis, every spread is filled with wonderful anecdotes, fascinating facts, and memorable quotes. It is beautifully illustrated by Noha Eilouti, an emerging Palestinian-Canadian illustrator.

Discover ALL about the history of iconic Palestinian symbols like tatreez embroidery, or the inspiration behind Mahmoud Darwish's poetry. As you turn every page, you'll find yourself lost in the world of Dabke (the folk dance of Palestine) and amazed by its famous old cities; you'll try traditional food like knafeh, explore the different religions, and find out much more. Each spread of We Are Palestinian is accessible, richly inspiring, and visually stunning.

Young readers are going to love discovering more about Palestine. This is the perfect book for parents, educators, and caregivers wishing to explore new worlds of culture and custom with children!

Target age: 9 to 12


"A joyful and accessible introduction... A Palestinian cookbook author and food writer explores her country's rich cultural heritage... Kassis covers geography, cultural symbols, major figures, agriculture, cuisine, performing arts, and history and religion ... Kassis' details are well chosen and convey her love of her homeland... Eilouti's bright illustrations complement the writing, portraying important landmarks in cities, capturing the cross-stitch patterns in cushions, and bringing to life examples of native plants." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Kassis's love and care for the Palestinian culture are made clear through this lovely and accessible educational tool; a valuable purchase... Kassis has set out to share parts of Palestine's culture with young readers by selecting content that would educate, excite, and engage them ... The presented information is shared on visually appealing spreads per subject. In addition to the relevant and beautiful illustrations by Eilouti, readers will find 'fun facts' and 'did you know?' boxes for each topic." -- School Library Journal

About the Contributors:

Reem Kassis is a Palestinian-American writer and award-winning author of two cookbooks: The Palestinian Table and The Arabesque Table. Her articles have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Food & Wine, Saveur and others. Although she studied business and psychology at UPenn and London School of Economics, she chose a writing career in order to preserve the traditions and stories of Palestinians for her two daughters (soon to be three!) and to share them with the world. We Are Palestinian is ther first children's book.

Noha Eilouti is a Palestinian-Canadian illustrator and visual development artist, with a BSc in Multimedia Design from the American University of Sharjah.