Book Review: Swimming On The Lawn by Yasmin Hamid (For Middle Readers)
Swimming On The Lawn offers a lovely glimpse into what life would be like growing up in the 1960's in the town of Khartoun, in Sudan.
The main character is a young girl named Farida, who lives with her parents and siblings, Amir, Sami, and Selma.
During the summertime, Farida enjoys spending time with her family as they experience many different adventures together, including attending a Mawlid festival.
The author describes the culture, foods, and celebrations very well.
The reader gets to discover that this is a very close-knit family who enjoy each other's company immensely.
I really enjoyed this story, however, I felt that the ending was too abrupt. I would've liked to find out a bit more about what I'd consider to be a major part of the story that happens right before the end.
I would recommend this story for readers aged 9+ years.
Swimming On The Lawn is available now through Fremantle Press, and has an RRP of $16.99