Magid, who is eight, wants to join the other members of his family in honoring Allah by fasting for the month of Ramadan. His parents insist he's too young. So Magid goes behind their backs, feeding his lunch to the geese and pouring his lemonade in the river. It works for a few days, until Aisha, his older sister, catches him, and tells his parents. Although he has been dishonest, his parents and grandfather recognize his desire to participate and allow Magid to fast for half of each day. Set in contemporary Egypt and constructed, apparently, with the purpose of explaining Ramadan to non-Muslims, the book succeeds; a glossary extends the lesson. As a story, however, it is rather stiff, with explanations outweighing plot and character; the watercolors have the blandness of textbook fare. There's a shortage of books that explain Islam to children; this one has but limited usefulness.