By Eric A. Kimmel

Holiday House, Hardcover, 9780823424153, 154pp.

Publication Date: August 2012

When a Muslim-American boy named Omar finally convinces his family that he should have a pet snake, it escapes, and Omar learns why his mother is so scared of them.

About the Author
Award-winning author Eric A. Kimmel is a native of New York who taught teachers as a professor of Education at Indiana University at South Bend and Portland State University. His favorite classes were children s literature, language arts, storytelling, and handwriting. He left the university in 1993 to become a full-time writer, a dream he had had since kindergarten. Eric has written more than fifty books and has won numerous awards, including the Caldecott Honor Medal. He and his wife, Doris, live in Portland, Oregon.