A Ramadan To Remember

Dreamscape Audio. Jan. 2024. 14p. $9.99. ISBN 9781666652277.
K-Gr 3–Ramadan is Zain’s favorite time of the year, but his family has recently moved to a new neighborhood without an obvious Muslim population: no mosque, no Islamic school, no Ramdan decorations in neighbors’ windows, Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr missing from the classroom calendar. “For the first time, Zain’s Ramadan glow isn’t so bright.” His imagination, however, is cleverly resourceful: empty moving boxes become a mosque in their yard and curious passersby give Zain opportunities to share his heritage. During prayer, another Muslim friend appears, helping make this A Ramadan to Remember. Nasser is an ideal cipher, his mellifluous voice growing joyfully buoyant (enhanced by an upbeat soundtrack) as Zain discovers—and creates—his new community. Ali’s valuable back matter includes directions to “Make Your Own Ramadan Treat Bags,” which might be the perfect reason to pair audio with print.
VERDICT Schools and libraries should add Ramadan to their shelves.

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