A PARTY IN RAMADAN by Asma Mobin-Uddin

A PARTY IN RAMADAN

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Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Mobin-Uddin and Jacobsen again explore a slice of the Muslim-American experience, focusing on the religious significance and customs during Ramadan (The Best Eid Ever, 2007). Leena’s friend’s birthday party falls on the first Friday of Ramadan. Although she is not required to fast like the adults in her family, Leena persuades her mother to allow her to both attend the party and abstain from food and drink. The hijab-clad girl resists temptations of lemonade and chocolate cake, diverting herself with activity, but succumbs to a nap toward party’s end. At home, as Leena and her family happily prepare to break their fast, the neighbors stop by with leftover birthday cake. Although message-driven, this is a compassionate family story that functions beautifully as both mirror for Muslim-American children and window for their non-Muslim friends. The author’s appealing, full-bleed pastels depict a sunny, middle-class community. A worthwhile addition to the still-too-sparse literature for children about Muslim-Americans. (author’s note) (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59078-604-8
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2009




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