Blog Tour and Book Review: My Friend Suhana

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About the Book

Title: My Friend Suhana: A Story of Friendship and Cerebral Palsy

Authors: Shaila Abdullah & Aanyah Abdullah

Publication Date: December 16, 2013

Publisher: Loving Healing Press

Pages: 30

Recommended Ages: 3+


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.


My Review

I was thoroughly enthralled by “My Friend Suhana” and not just because it was written by the mother-daughter team of Shaila and Aanyah Abdullah, but also because of the openness, love and caring that the main character has for her best friend.

Most children can say they have a best friend, and it’s not too hard to be best friends with someone who is like you, someone who can walk and talk, laugh with you and play. But Suhana, is like no other, and it’s not until a few pages in that we find out why.

Suhana may not be able to communicate as well as others, or get around as fast. But it’s quickly obvious that this has not stopped her from friendship. We learn that it’s okay for people to be different, that we are diverse in how we learn, how we move and how we look. The main character is quick to share that Suhana has and shows hers emotions such as frustration, happiness and excitement. And, that Suhana has different needs than most children, but its okay.

I think this book is a must read for all children. It’s a great way to introduce them to the differences in people, and not to be afraid of differences. It lets them know that inside is what matters, not the outside.


My Friend Suhana by Shaila & Aanyah Abdullah



About the Authors: Shaila Abdullah & Aanyah Abdullah

Shaila & Aanyah AbdullahShaila & Aanyah Abdullah

Shaila Abdullah is an author and designer based in Austin, Texas. She is the author of two books: Saffron Dreams and Beyond the Cayenne Wall. The author has received several awards for her work including the Golden Quill Award, Norumbega Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction, Patras Bukhari Award for English Language, Reader Views Award, Written Art Award, and a grant from Hobson Foundation.

Aanyah Abdullah is a creative and compassionate 10-year-old, who is drawn to children born with physical and mental disabilities. When she was in second grade, Aanyah along with her mother Shaila, started volunteering out at a local community center where they helped assist special needs children. Later Aanyah wrote an essay about her friendship with a girl in the class who had cerebral palsy. That essay is the inspiration behind My Friend Suhana. Aanyah dreams of establishing a special school for children with disabilities one day. She is known to always stand up for what is right and is-–in her parents’ and teachers’ eyes––a perfect role model for her baby sister.

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My Friend Suhana Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

March 4

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

Identity Discovery (Review & Giveaway)

Cherry Mischievous (Guest Post)

March 5

Stanley & Katrina (Review)

Nik’s Picks Book Reviews (Review)

Victoria Simcox (Book Spotlight)

March 6

Doodles, Doodles (Review)

Sally Writes (Review)

March 7

Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

March 8

Mythical Books (Review)

Books Direct (Review & Author Interview)

March 9

When I Grow Up I Wanna Write a Kids Book (Review)

For the Love of Books (Review)

March 10

When Did I Become My Mom (Review)

Probably Crafting (Review)

March 11

WS Momma Reader’s Nook (Review)

Coffee & Books & Art (Guest Post & Review)


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Contest ends: April 2, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

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One comment

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts in the My Friend Suhana Blog Tour Sally and I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. Sometimes it’s the children who see past the differences right away to find what they do have in common with another child. Hurrah Aanyah! 🙂