Coming to America

By Publishers Weekly

The photo-essay Coming to America: A Muslim Family’s Story by Bernard Wolf personalizes religious, ethnic and cultural traditions. Text and color photographs let readers share the experience of eight-year-old Rowan Mahmoud and her family, who have come to Queens, N.Y., from Egypt. Wolf demonstrates the Mahmouds’ emphasis on education as well as religion. He includes many scenes of Rowan and her older siblings in their classrooms (the mother, too, goes to school, to study English) and a few of the adults at prayer, the mother at home and the father at a mosque.