Story Time with Michael ("Swimming Toward a Dream" and "Meowl-O-Ween")

  • Posted on: 3 September 2023
  • By: TanyaMills

Cover of Reem Faruqi's "Swimming Toward a Dream"

Growing up in Damascus, the pool was Yusra Mardini's happy place. She learned to swim before she could walk. And with swimming came a dream--to compete in the Olympic games. (Ages 4-8)

But when war came to Syria, Yusra's home--and her pool--were no longer safe. Yusra and her sister set out on a harrowing journey, crossing the sea in search of safety.

In the inspirational tale that follows, Yusra's courageous spirit shines. Crammed on a too-small refugee boat, disaster strikes when the boat's motor breaks! Scared but determined, Yusra plunges into the water and starts swimming.

Infused with hope, Yusra's story encourages readers to pursue their own dreams, revealing how she met waves of danger with strength and perseverance. One breath at a time.

Readers will dive into this courageous tale of an athlete, refugee, and hero who inspired the world with her resolve to pursue her Olympic dream.



Cover of Diane Muldrow's "Meowl-O-Ween"

It's Halloween night, also known as Meowl-o-ween! Cats are on the prowl, ready to give trick-or-treaters a fright. But one lost kitten is scared--will she find her way and join the fun? (Ages 4-7)

On frightful, delightful Meowl-o-ween, cats slink by carved pumpkins and prepare to spook the trick-or-treaters parading the streets. But not all of the cats are enjoying the flashing lights and costumes. A lone kitten is overwhelmed by the crowds and doesn't know which way to turn! This fresh Halloween tale is a rhyming read-aloud that shows even the smallest scaredy-cat can find the courage to overcome their fears and anxieties.
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Swimming Toward a Dream: Yusra Mardini's Incredible Journey from Refugee to Olympic Swimmer By Reem Faruqi, Asma Enayeh (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Reem Faruqi, Asma Enayeh (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781645679837
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Page Street Kids - September 5th, 2023

Meowloween (Meowl-o-ween) By Diane Muldrow, Tiffany Chen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Diane Muldrow, Tiffany Chen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781662602009
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Astra Young Readers - September 5th, 2023