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Yasmin’s Hammer by Ann Malaspina and Illustrated by Doug Chayka

Published by Lee & Low Books

Pages: 40

Publishers Summary: In the noisy streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, another busy morning is beginning as Yasmin rides to work in her father’s rattling rickshaw. Yasmin longs to go to school so she can learn to read, but her family needs the money she and her sister earn at the brickyard to help keep the rice bag full and the roof repaired.

As she hammers away at bricks day after day, Yasmin dreams of a different life. If she could read, she could be anything she wants to be when she grows up. One night Yasmin has an idea—a secret plan that will bring her one step closer to making her dream a reality.

Compassionately told and inspired by contemporary news articles, Yasmin’s Hammer offers a fresh perspective on the value of education. Readers will admire Yasmin’s persistence in reaching for her goals and the enduring love of her hardworking family in this hopeful story of a bright young girl whose mind is set on changing her future.

Mom’s Two Cents:Yasmin is a young girl in a big new city. Bustling with cars, vendors, animals and buildings taller than she’s ever seen before. After a devastating cyclone has left her family without their home in the country they are forced into the city to make a new life. Each day Yasmin and her sister work to support their family hammering away bricks in an old brick yard, but it isn’t bricks Yasmin dreams of at night; it’s school. Yasmin longs for a day when she can read and write, in hopes that she will change not only her future but the future for her family.

This is such a powerful story, truly. So often we take for granted the fact that we can do things as basic as read and write. Not only that, but it’s almost without question that my own children will be reading and writing on their own over the next few years. This isn’t reality for so many in the world. Food and a roof over their heads at night is sometimes more than many families are blessed with. Often young children are required to work to put food in their own stomachs, and more than this.

Ann Malaspina has written a beautiful and powerful story filled with hope. It’s written and illustrated in such a way that I felt motivated to try and do something to help, not just feel sorry for their situation. Included in the back of the book is also a list of groups and organizations (like UNICEF and Global Movement for Children) with contact information so that you can learn how to help. It’s also wonderful for children as well, especially those in situations like my own who have nearly everything they could possibly want. Because it shows them that not everyone grows up with the same privileges, that we need to appreciate what we have and try to make a difference in the world. A wonderful, inspiring and motivating book about the importance of education and value of appreciating that which we have; perfect for children and adults alike.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 4 and up. Help children learn to appreciate what they have and teach them to seek out those in need through this powerful story.

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2 Responses to Book Review: Yasmin’s Hammer by Ann Malaspina

  1. Iffath says:

    Fantastic review! I might have to see if I can find this for my younger brother 🙂

    I’m from a Bangladeshi heritage so it’s always nice to see reviews like this, because they are rarely read let alone reviewed! Thank you!

  2. Gina says:

    Great job on the review, Danielle! You hit all the high points and showed how the story can be applied to real life for readers just learning those hard to digest truths. I too had the pleasure of reading this one last year…it was certainly much more than just another picture book. Thanks for the share!

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