UNDER THE RAMADAN MOON by Sylvia Whitman

UNDER THE RAMADAN MOON

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Age Range: 3 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This book for the very young adds to the growing number of books on Islamic fasts and feasts, but in its simplicity it doesn’t supply very much in the way of information. The text starts off rhythmically: “We wait for the moon / we watch for the moon / we watch for the Ramadan moon,” but make little sense when it states “We fast by day / under the moon…” and becomes downright pedestrian as “We speak kind words / and stop bad habits / under the moon.” The pastels lend a special softness and serenity, glowing with intensity when it is really night and the moon is shown in its different phases throughout the lunar month of Ramadan, and the people depicted show some of the diversity of the American Muslim community. Most young readers, however, won’t understand that the people in the book are living through a month of fasting each day, and even the author’s note doesn’t provide adults with enough details to expand upon the text. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8075-8304-3
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Whitman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2008




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