THE PERFECT GIFT by J. Samia Mair

THE PERFECT GIFT

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sarah is sad: She has no Eid gift for her mother. Disconsolate, she walks through the snowy woods around her house, and along her special path is a bright-orange flower—the first of the spring. Recalling Mohammed's saying that "Allah is beautiful and loves beauty," she doesn't pick it but instead fences it in with Popsicle sticks and labels it, "Eid Mubarak. Allah's Perfect Gift to the world," before showing it to her family. The seasonal timing of this tale may puzzle North American readers, as Eid ul-Adha is celebrated on November 16-17 in 2010, long before any early spring flowers. Nevertheless, there are few enough titles available to help North American children observe Islamic holidays, so this book, with its depiction of a loving, observant family, is welcome. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)
Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-86037-438-1
Page count: 29pp
Publisher: Kube Publishing
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2010




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