Because of Islamic extremists, Muslim families living in the United States are the victims of stereotypes and misconceptions, especially harsh since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Maybe two new books can help head off that sort of ugliness among children.

One is nonfiction, the other, fiction. One tells the story of a virtually all-American little boy, the other is about a girl newly arrived here. Neither names the family’s country of origin. Both depict charming children with interesting cultural and faith-based traditions.

In the end, in both books, the same good message emerges: Children are children.


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