A Ramadan to Remember

Soaring Kite. (Holidays in Our Home). Jan. 2024. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781958372142.
K-Gr 3–Zain usually loves the Ramadan holiday, but everything feels different this year. He and his parents recently moved to a new neighborhood, and there is no local mosque, nor other families nearby who celebrate like Zain does. Though he feels disappointed, Zain takes matters into his own hands and creates a Ramadan celebration his own way, which provides him with opportunities to engage with his neighbors and even make a new friend. This lovely picture book shares the specifics of the Ramadan holiday with readers of all backgrounds, while illustrating the very real emotions of one boy who feels alienated from his peers. Zain’s tenacity and his ability to make the most of a challenging situation are exemplified in the story, and readers will empathize with Zain and be able to use his choices as a model for their own behavior. The text is best suited to elementary school readers due to its complexity, though the vibrant and colorful illustrations will appeal to a wide range of ages. Muslim traditions and Arabic words are found throughout, and a glossary at the end helps to clarify any meaning that may be lost in the narrative. Additionally, the back matter includes a craft activity for readers to create as an extension of the book.
VERDICT This addition to the “Holidays in Our Home” series is a heartfelt and detailed book to share with all children, whether or not they celebrate Ramadan themselves.

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