Book Review: Leila in Saffron

Author: Rukhsanna Guidroz

By Kayla Rochelle February 7, 2024

Recommended Ages: Preschool - Grade 3 

Whenever we are at the library, I have a tendency to break the ‘rules’ and quickly judge all the books by their cover. I like to hunt for bright colors or illustration styles that match other books we love. Sometimes a punny title is all it takes for me to toss the book in our bag. It was the bold colors that hooked me to this book. 

Leila I’m Saffron’ is a cute read about a little girl Leila, and the traditions that her Pakistani family has around food and clothing. I love that when we read together we can learn about other cultures and people. My enjoyment of this book though didn’t just come from the opportunity to learn about another culture, it came from my enjoyment of the story. Leila is a little girl who isn’t quite sure if she likes all of the parts of her, but after a night spent with her family she is able to see a little bit of herself in all of them. Self Identity is a quest we are all on, and we can all relate to little Leila. My daughter loved the bright colorful clothing, and I loved the little reminder of all of the things that have made me, me. This book is one that gave us both a big smile when it was done. 

Kayla is a wife, mother and beach-loving book reader. She's a family photographer over at Kayla Rochelle Photography, and organizer of the Facebook group, Little One’s Literary Review. Her love of good books started as a child and only grew with the birth of her own daughters. Kayla's got an undying love of children's books with gorgeous illustrations and moral lessons. 

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