Today in class, we acted out some scenes from HABIBI, and had the chance to watch Omer and Liyana's relationship grow from introduction to interest to intimacy. Liyana remembers the hairs on the back of Omer's hand! Hairs on hand! And yet, as we learn today, Omer is Jewish. Liyana is Arabic.
Neither of them sees any problem with this, but already we sense the undertone from Liyana's parents. Specifically, Poppy says, "Never, never, never," (171).
For this long weekend, be sure to read up through page 208 in HABIBI. Then, after reading, share your ideas about the following question: If you were the author, Naomi Shihab Nye, what narrative decision would you make from here on out about Omer and Liyana's relationship? Why? And do you think their relationship is full of authentic love or not? Why?
Our word for today is FALLACY, which means a mistake, or mistaken thought, as in this line: Will it be a fallacy that Omer and Liyana think their cultures do not matter?