The Arabic Quilt | An Immigrant Story

Aya Khalil

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Kanzi's family has moved from Egypt to America, and on her first day in a new school, what she wants more than anything is to fit in. Maybe that's why she forgets to take the kofta sandwich her mother has made for her lunch, but that backfires when Mama shows up at school with the sandwich. Mama wears a hijab and calls her daughter Habibti (dear one). When she leaves, the teasing starts.

That night, Kanzi wraps herself in the beautiful Arabic quilt her teita (grandmother) gave her. It smells like Teita's home in Cairo and that comforts Kanzi. What she doesn't know yet is that the quilt will help her find new friends. 

About the Author

Aya Khalil is a freelance journalist and blogger who has taught at all levels from preschool to college. The Arabic Quilt is based on events from her childhood, when she immigrated to the U.S. from Egypt with her parents and siblings. She lives in Toledo, Ohio, with her husband, Abdalrahman, and their two children.

Anait Semirdzhayan grew up in a multicultural family and lived in several countries with diverse cultures before settling in the Seattle area with her husband and twin daughters. When not drawing you can find her exploring the neighborhoods with her four-legged furry friend or experimenting with new recipes for the family dinner. Visit her at

Author Aya Khalil
Illustrator Anait Semirdzhyan
Publisher Tilbury House
Published Year 2020
Dimensions 270 mm x 240 mm x 10 mm
Weight  500 g
Pages 36
Type Hard Cover with Colour Pages
ISBN 9780884487548