The Butter Man

Book cover for The Butter Man by Elizabeth and Ali Alalou

Elizabeth Alalou

Ali Alalou


Julie Klear Essakalli

Book Summary

As young Nora waits impatiently for her mother to come home from work and for her father to serve the long-simmering couscous that smells so delicious, her father tells her about his childhood in Morocco. During a famine, when Nora’s grandfather had to travel far to find work and bring food for the family, her father learned the valuable life lessons of patience, perseverance, and hope.

Morocco, North Africa, Islam, Muslim, Famine, Hunger, Poverty, Patience, Perseverance, Hope

Age Range
Ages 4 to 8 (grades K-3), Ages 9 to 12 (grades 4-7)
Book Category
North Africa & Middle East