Moon’s Ramadan

HarperCollins/Versify. Feb. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780358694090.
PreS-Gr 3–The moon is personified as a delighted individual peeking in around the world as different Islamic cultures celebrate Ramadan and Eid. Because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, as the author shares in the back matter, this is a clever way of moving from one country to another, while still having a consistent presence throughout the story and emphasizing the importance of the phases of the moon. The use of alliteration creates a musical quality to the text, which incorporates words specific to the celebration, including Iftar and sadaqah. The use of these words will create a curiosity about traditions that are less familiar to some readers, but the text will also generate joy and connection for children who know the practices. Kazi uses predominantly blue and purple illustrations to show the differing dress, food, and environments in which families celebrate.
VERDICT A delightful read that teaches students about Ramadan and emphasizes the diversity in the Islamic world. This book will definitely be a go-to for librarians and teachers who want to expand awareness of Ramadan.

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