THE WHITE NIGHTS OF RAMADAN by Maha Addasi

THE WHITE NIGHTS OF RAMADAN

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Age Range: 7 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Instead of focusing on Eid, the holiday that concludes Ramadan, this title recounts a Kuwaiti family’s celebration of Girgian, a lesser-known tradition observed in many Persian Gulf countries. Noor and her younger brothers, Sam and Dan, prepare candy for the Halloween-like event in the middle of the month, when the moon is full. After praying, fasting and breaking their fast with an evening meal, the siblings don their traditional dress and walk door-to-door by lantern light. At each neighbor’s house, Sam beats his drum and announces that he is the new musaher, a man who uses his drums to wake people for their predawn meal, and the children receive candy in return. Their grandmother acknowledges the fun surrounding Girgian, but reminds Noor of the true meaning of Ramadan. In the spirit of the religious observance, the girl concludes her exciting night by delivering food to the mosque. Illustrated with detailed, luminescent oils, this picture book makes an excellent introduction to this Muslim celebration and a good companion to Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith’s Celebrating Ramadan (2001). (author’s note, glossary) (Picture book. 7-10)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59078-523-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2008




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