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Children's Nonfiction Islam

I Remember. . .

Muslim Loyalty and Sacrifice in WW1

by (author) Maidah Ahmad

illustrated by Kristina Swarner

Kube Publishing Ltd.
Initial publish date
Feb 2023
Recommended Age
6 to 9
Recommended Grade
1 to 4
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
    List Price

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This book is a letter between a Muslim grandchild to his/her war hero great-grandpa to reassure him that his story, his bravery, and his memory have not been forgotten. Through the eyes of an innocent child we are reminded that, despite all our differences, people from across the world have a shared history and there are more ties that bind us together than separate us.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Having graduated from the University of London with degrees in Geography and Political Science (BSc and MSc) Maidah Ahmad enjoyed a brief career working at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK Government (now known as the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office) before relocating to Canada.

For the past 15 years, she has volunteered at local youth groups and charities. Working closely with immigrant families, and children, in particular, she has been able to share her joy of literature with people newly arriving in Canada.

Editorial Reviews

Many consider World War I a European ordeal, but the young protagonist of this book keeps alive a memory of a deeper story.


At least 400,000 Muslims from India, among 2.5+ million Muslims total, were part of the Allied forces’ war effort as soldiers or laborers. The narrator’s great-grandpa was one of them. Throughout, the earth-toned illustrations show beige-uniformed, turbaned men sharing a meal, marching, and experiencing the terrible soundscape of war. The book offers an interesting, lesser-known narrative related to Muslim involvement in the Great War.


A solid look at a history often untold.


- Kirkus Reviews


You know, sometimes when I make the statement that we’re currently living in a golden age of children’s literature, I can experience doubt. Is that just an example of my own hyperbole? Do I honestly believe what it is that I’m saying? Then I get to see books like this one and my statements are more than justified. Yes, dammit, this IS a great time to be gauging, judging, admiring, and generally engaging with books written for youth. How could I even doubt that? Can you begin to imagine a book about the Muslim experience in WWI coming out even ten years ago? Talk about raising the bar a bit. – A Fuse 8 Production, School Library Journal