Arab American children's author Bashar Salame will visit the Arab American National Museum (AANM) in Dearborn from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9 to meet children and sign copies of his new book, "Let’s Change That! If Animals Can, We Can, Too,” which was published June 24.
The book tells the tale of an adventurous cat who decides to help a baby bird and defies stereotypes along the way with his catch-phrase: “Let’s change that!” The central theme of the story is acceptance and tolerance, and along the way the book develops other themes like coalition building and conflict resolution.
"Teaching our children about acceptance of others is the greatest gift we can give them,” stated Bashar. “As I was looking for creative ways to teach my own children these important lessons, I weaved together this bedtime story with the animals that my son loves and it took off -- we were able to have a conversation about stereotypes and diversity that would have been difficult otherwise. I wrote the book so that every parent could have this opportunity.”
For more information, visit www.arabamericanmuseum.org. The event is free and open to the public.