Fatima's Great Outdoors (Hardcover)
A testimony to the healing powers of outdoor adventure, family time, and fun! Fatima has not been enjoying her days at school -- kids have been teasing her because of her accent and the food she brings for lunch, her grades have not been what she hoped for, and her parents are tired from working two jobs to make ends meet. But the weekend her parents introduce the girls to camping becomes a healing balm. Fatima learns to light a fire, build a tent, gather firewood, overcome her fears, and just play. Tariq is the founder of Brown People Camping and this is a beautifully illustrated love letter to the power of the outdoors to keep us empowered and grounded.— Linda
An immigrant family embarks on their first camping trip in the Midwest in this lively picture book by Ambreen Tariq, outdoors activist and founder of @BrownPeopleCamping
Fatima Khazi is excited for the weekend. Her family is headed to a local state park for their first camping trip! The school week might not have gone as planned, but outdoors, Fatima can achieve anything. She sets up a tent with her father, builds a fire with her mother, and survives an eight-legged mutant spider (a daddy longlegs with an impressive shadow) with her sister. At the end of an adventurous day, the family snuggles inside one big tent, serenaded by the sounds of the forest. The thought of leaving the magic of the outdoors tugs at Fatima's heart, but her sister reminds her that they can keep the memory alive through stories--and they can always daydream about what their next camping trip will look like.
Ambreen Tariq's picture book debut, with cheerful illustrations by Stevie Lewis, is a rollicking family adventure, a love letter to the outdoors, and a reminder that public land belongs to all of us.
About the Author
Ambreen Tariq is the founder of @BrownPeopleCamping, a social media platform dedicated to promoting greater diversity in our public lands through storytelling and the power of visual representation. She's passionate about youth education and holds board member positions at City Kids Wilderness Project and Green Muslims. She is currently a brand ambassador for many well-known outdoors companies. Her writing has been published in Outside magazine, and Ambreen has been profiled by the New York Times, SELF magazine, CNN Health, Elite Daily, and more. A non-practicing attorney, Ambreen works for the federal government in Washington, DC. This is her first book for children.
Stevie Lewis lives on the road in a van that she mostly built out herself. Striving to live simply and tread lightly on the earth, she gathers inspiration from a variety of places, and she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking. After working for several years at DreamWorks Animation, she now illustrates children's books and creates art based on her travels. Follow her adventures @chocosweete.