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Brothers hope books will help Muslim kids hang onto their identity
by Laura Yuen
Amin Aaser didn't need to look farther than his own Minnesota childhood to inspire his series of children's books. It's set in a town called Maple Grove — which is where he grew up — and follows the story of four cartoon animals — including one who bears his name.
Amin, the fictional character, is a charismatic panda bear. Amin Aaser, the author, is 27, bearded and wide-eyed. His older brother Mohammed Aaser, 30, is a little burlier and wears glasses.
Their series is called "Noor Kids." Noor means "the light," the brothers explain, as if to illuminate the way for young Muslims.
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