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Salma the Syrian Chef

Salma the Syrian Chef is Ahmad Danny Ramadan's first book for children.

Ahmad Danny Ramadan, illustrated by Anna Bron

Newcomer Salma and friends cook up a heartwarming dish to cheer up Mama. All Salma wants is to make her mama smile again. Between English classes, job interviews and missing Papa back in Syria, Mama always seems busy or sad.

A homemade Syrian meal might cheer her up, but Salma doesn't know the recipe, or what to call the vegetables in English or where to find the right spices! Luckily, the staff and other newcomers at the Welcome Centre are happy to lend a hand — and a sprinkle of sumac.

With creativity, determination and charm, Salma brings her new friends together to show Mama that even though things aren't perfect, there is cause for hope and celebration. Syrian culture is beautifully represented through the meal Salma prepares and Anna Bron's vibrant illustrations, while the diverse cast of characters speaks to the power of cultivating community in challenging circumstances. (From Annick Press)

Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, award-winning activist and public speaker. Through his activism, he has created a safe passage for many Syrian LGBTQ-refugees to Canada. He made his authorial debut with the novel The Clothesline Swing, which was longlisted for Canada Reads 2018. Salma the Syrian Chef is Ramadan's first book for children.

Anna Bron is a Vancouver-based freelance illustrator and animation director. She has illustrated for children's magazines and animated, designed and directed commercials and short films.

Interviews with Ahmad Danny Ramadan

Ahmad Danny Ramadan on his novel "The Clothesline Swing," about an elderly gay Syrian refugee trying to keep his partner alive by telling him stories. 2:58

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