|Leila is a Pakistani-American girl visiting her naani (her maternal grandmother) for dinner. She has low self-esteem until her naani tells her that the saffron color of her scarf suits her. Leila describes her evening using all of her senses and sees herself as a beautiful girl with a unique identity. Detailed, colorful gouache illustrations show the colors of lentils, pomegranates, cucumbers, and saffron. A glossary of Arabic and Hindi words is included. mjw|
|Title: Leila In Saffron
Author: Rukhsanna Guidroz
Illustrator: Dinara Mirtalipova
Publisher: Salaam Reads, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
Original Language: English
Hardcover pages: 32
Age range: 4-8
Genre: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity: Persian-Indian and Chinese
Author’s residence: Hawaii, U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity: Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Illustrator’s residence: Ohio, U.S.
Subjects: Family origins, Identity, Multigenerational, Muslim fiction, Pakistani-Americans, Self acceptance, Self-discovery