My Friend Jamal by Anna McQuinnMy Friend Jamal by Anna McQuinn

My Friend Jamal

byAnna McQuinnPhotographed byAnna McQuinnIllustratorBen Frey

Paperback | February 21, 2008

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Different cultures. Fast friends.

Jamal and Joseph were born in the same hospital in the same month. Now they're best friends. The two like to play at each other's homes. Joseph's mom knows Jamal can't eat pork sausages because he's Muslim. She knows, too, that he can't have ice cream because of his eczema.

Some things that happen at Jamal's house are a lot different from Joseph's: the food his mother prepares, the way they sit to eat, and the special clothes they sometimes wear. Jamal and Joseph like to play superheroes and cheer their favorite basketball stars. They even say they're going to sign with the same team when they grow up.

A poignant story about a childhood friendship where unfamiliar cultures meet, My Friend Jamal lets readers sample the differences and recognize the powerful bond that draws two boys together. The visuals, which combine photography and original art, are wonderfully playful and imaginative.

Anna McQuinn is a part-time writer whose literacy workshops often involve children and families for whom English is not their first language. Her picture books include Lola at the Library and Wanda's Washing Machine. She lives in England. Ben Frey has been an animator for internationally syndicated television shows, a screenprinte...
Title:My Friend JamalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 10 × 7.5 × 0.12 inPublished:February 21, 2008Publisher:Annick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554511224

ISBN - 13:9781554511228

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different cultures/same City This is the story of two boys born in the same hospital but with different cultural backgrounds. The similarities and differences in their lives. A good way to show children how friendship is more powerful than cultural differences.
Date published: 2018-05-27

Editorial Reviews

The text is written in a breathless style with lots of dashes and exclamation marks to caputre the casual speech of a child. Topics mentioned are of interest to young readers... Both text and pictures project an energetic, friendly tone... A useful title for discussing friendship or the reasons for emigrating.