Arab American News

Dearborn father publishes children's book on acceptance

DEARBORN - Ferne Press announced last week that it has published a children’s book authored by a Dearborn father. The first-time author, Dr. Bashar Salame, 36, explores stereotypes and acceptance in "Let’s Change That! If Animals Can, We Can, Too."
"Teaching our children about acceptance of others is the greatest gift we can give them," Salame said in a statement. "As I was looking for creative ways to teach my own children these important lessons, I weaved together this bedtime story with the animals that my son loves and it took off -- we were able to have a conversation about stereotypes and diversity that would have been difficult otherwise. I wrote the book so that every parent could have this opportunity."
"Let’s Change That! If Animals Can, We Can, Too"  follows a day in the life of Felix, a house cat on the lam, who needs help rescuing a baby bird. Felix comes to life in the illustrations of Rainer M. Osinger as he asks for help from the most unlikely characters. Will they all pitch in and help, or will they refuse?
"A great story to read to children to spark diversity discussion, help eliminate stereotypes, and inspire kids so that they can make a difference," said Robyn Tarnow, a second grade teacher in Birmingham. "The brightly-colored illustrations will grab children’s attention. Like the characters, they will realize they are empowered to make change."
The book is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram and Baker & Taylor.
Marwan Salamey, a Fordson High School English teacher described the book as touching.
"Let’s Change That!" simplifies one of the most dynamic and complicated ordeals—acceptance," said Salamey. "In a time where understanding has eluded most, Dr. Salame personifies human emotion and reveals that acceptance is possible with an open mind and a little bit of change! A story that touches the human heart, "Let’s Change That!" sparks thought in readers of all ages."
When he isn’t making up stories for his kids, Salame, a chiropractor for more than 10 years, is focused on the health and well-being of his patients at his two clinics in the metro Detroit area. He was 9-years- old when he immigrated to Michigan from Lebanon. He said he knows firsthand the importance of teaching children about diversity and inclusion.