Salma the Syrian Chef

Written by Danny Ramadan and Illustrated by Anna Bron

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 in her Welcome Home 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, while the diverse cast of characters speaks to the power of cultivating community in challenging circumstances.

Age Range 4 - 7 years
Copyright Year
Page Count
Annick Press
Grade Level Pre-K - 2nd
Lexile 570L