Book Review: My Father's Shop

The Scoop My Father's Shop is a cute, easy to relate to, story about a boy helping out in his father's carpet shop in Morocco. The illustrations do a great job of transporting the reader to a bustling Middle Eastern market and the story has a wonderful message about how people can relate to one another even if they're from different cultures.

My Father's Shop by Satomi Ichikawa
My Father's Shop by Satomi Ichikawa

Can you remember being a child? Wanting to be part of your parent's world, but also feeling bored with the technical details of how it all worked? My Father's Shop captures that feeling through the story of a young boy helping out in his father's Morrocan carpet shop. Bored with his father's lessons, young Mustafa goes running through the market with an old carpet over his head - and in his jubilance draws in a bustling chain of tourists who follow him back to the shop - teaching him their own native languages along the way.

My Father's Shop has been in my personal library for years, and I've read it over and over again to my kids. It's a great read for kids age 2-6.

My Father's Shop - A fun tale about a Middle Eastern carpet shop
My Father's Shop - A fun tale about a Middle Eastern carpet shop
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Children's Books and Toys for a trip to the Middle East

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  1. Keryn @ Walking On Travels on November 14, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.

    Gorgeous illustrations! I'll have to see if the library has this one :-)

  2. Rashad Pharaon on November 15, 2013 at 10:34 p.m.

    LOVE this book and have never seen it included as part of a travel blog - great idea! I wish more travel bloggers were share what they're reading, especially what they're reading to their kids.

  3. Sonja on November 16, 2013 at 4:57 p.m.

    You hadn't posted in so long I was getting worried about you! Maybe you were on a fabulous, long trip to someplace wonderful. :)

  4. Celina on November 19, 2013 at 12:03 a.m.

    Nice book.I would love to buy it for my school students.

  5. Bronwyn Joy on April 28, 2014 at 6:14 a.m.

    Good recommendation. I'll look for it in our local library. Sounds like a fun read!