Review: My Friend Suhana ~ A Story of Friendship and Cerebral Palsy *9/10 Stars*

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My Friend Suhana: A Story of Friendship and Cerebral Palsy

by Shaila M. Abdullah and Aanyah Abdullah

Page Count: 30
Release Date: January 1st 2014
Love Healing Press

Source: I received an  e-copy for review from the author via Renee at The Mother Daughter Book Reviews blog (Thanks Renee!)
My Rating: 9/10 Stars


A simple tale of love and friendship to warm your heart.

Award-winning author and designer Shaila Abdullah teams up with her 10-year-old daughter Aanyah to bring you this heartwarming tale of a little girl who forms a close bond with a child with cerebral palsy. The girl finds that through her art, she can reach her special friend Suhana. 

"My Friend Suhana is a delightful read for a children's book. Very well illustrated with respect, friendship, and advocacy all in mind at the same time."
--Dawn Cruzan, President, Camp Craig Allen for all abilities 

"This is the story of a seven-year-old's first attempt at unconditional love. Tough but tender, inspirational yet utterly real, this is a small gem of a tale. Highly recommended for anyone in the position of mentoring a beloved child through the hard places of life."
--Paula Huston, author of "A Season of Mystery" and "A Land Without Sin" 

"My Friend Suhana is a charming and perceptive book that will draw its readers into empathy while allowing them to enjoy this heartwarming story of two uncommon friends."
--Chitra Divakaruni, author of "Grandma and the Great Gourd" 

My verdict

     My Friend Suhana is a delightful read about the unconditional friendship  between Suhana, a seven year old girl with Cerebral Palsy and the narrator, a kind, loving kid who calls Suhana her best friend and cares for her like a sister. Though Suhana can't talk or show her emotions like usual children, she squeals with glee or screams in unhappiness. The two girls' friendship is that of unconditional love and care, where they understand each other without the need for words or play dates. Aanyah, the narrator, likes to draw and paint. She fills Suhana's world with beautiful pictures that Suhana cherishes and loves. I found myself awwww-ing at almost every cute illustrated page of this storybook.

Teaching children to accept, understand and care about those who are different, would make them grow up to be a compassionate, empathetic and kind person towards others. I'm sure, My Friend Suhana would be a wonderful addition to any school or children's library. 

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