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By Zeena M. Pliska, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
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A rich, beautifully layered ode to the great city of Cairo, Egypt, its people, and culture.

Every night, my Ametti Fatma sings the sounds of Egypt to me as I fall asleep.

This is the Nile,
that flows through the city.
Swish, swoosh, swish.
This is the boat,
that glides on the Nile,
that flows through the city.
Swish, swoosh, swish.

Each night, a young girl's Auntie Fatma puts her to bed, singing a lullaby filled with rich imagery of her home in Egypt. As Auntie Fatma sings, we are given a glimpse of modern Cairo, from boats making their way down the Nile to gentle calls to prayer from the mosques to young children joyfully playing soccer in the streets.

Join Zeena Pliska and Hatem Aly on a vibrant journey to Cairo in this gorgeous, layered song.

About the Author

Zeena M. Pliska is a kindergarten teacher by day and a children’s book author by night in Los Angeles, California. A progressive public school educator, she believes that the most important aspect of teaching is listening to children. A social justice activist and organizer for over 30 years, she brings race, class, and gender analysis to everything she does. A lifetime storyteller, she has facilitated stories as a theater director, visual artist, photographer and journalist. Her books include Egyptian Lullaby and Hello Little One: A Monarch Butterfly Story.

Praise For…

"A sweet peek into Egyptian family culture that is relatable to all." - School Library Journal

"A lovely ode to geographic, cultural, and familial ties." - Kirkus Reviews

"Resonant and stylistically unique." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Layered [and] lively." - Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250222497
ISBN-10: 1250222494
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: April 18th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English