Yasmin loves superheroes. Yasmin decides she is going save people just like the superheroes in the books her dad reads with her. Wearing her grandmother's dupatta (shawl), Super Yasmin goes out in search of evil villains. She didn't find bad guys, but she helped Emma's mom with groceries and Ali solve a math problem. Then she got a ball stuck on the roof for a little girl. At first, Yasmin was disappointed that she didn't find villains, but then her dad said that real superheroes are kind and help others! Hurray for Super Yasmin!
Yasmin is an every-kid with dreams of being a superhero. Although the story isn't a first-of-its-kind, what makes it fresh and fun is the family dynamics. Yasmin's relationships with her parents and grandparents are realistic and positively represented. I love the inclusion of Urdu both in the main text and in a glossary, too.
The information about Pakistan and the glossary in the back are really meant for parents and educators. While helpful and well-intended, I thought they took away from the book's purpose as an easy reader. How would a young reader feel getting to the end but not really be able to read the last couple pages? If the book is for fun reading, why the sounds-like-school questions first (instead of after the glossary or craft)? These are nits that, given the quality of the story itself, can be overlooked.
If your children love superheroes - or wants to be one when they grow up - introduce them to Yasmin. Going beyond the story, readers can expand their world by learning about Pakistan and Pakistani culture.
Yasmin is the star of an Easy Reader series for developing readers.
There is a lot of great content already built into this book. In addition to facts about Pakistan, the author shows readers how to make a superhero puppet from a paper bag. The questions the end are great conversation starters, perfect for dinner conversation. Even family members who haven't read the book can share their views and ideas on what makes a superhero and the kind of powers they'd want as a superhero, as well as identify someone whom they admire.
7 and Up
5 and Up
Borrow for sure! These are stories that can double as read-alouds with preschoolers and Kindergartners, then grow with your child who is learning to read.