The Most Exciting Eid

Scholastic. Feb. 2024. 24p. pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781338877816.
K-Gr 2–It’s the new moon, and Safa is eagerly preparing for Eid al-Fitr. From henna-painted hands to festive decorations, Safa’s anticipation of Eid—and all the wonderful food and gifts it will bring—is palpable. The morning of Eid, Safa’s prayers to Allah and her traditional Muslim greetings to her friends and family set the tone for the celebration. Safa opens her gifts and spends time with her cousin, though she’s reluctant to share the gifts she’s received. It isn’t until Mom asks Safa to help her spread joy and food to those in need, to showcase what Eid is all about, that Safa realizes she may have made a mistake with her cousin. Talkhani’s writing is simple yet effectively conveys the essence of Eid al-Fitr. The book brilliantly showcases various Muslim traditions and beliefs as well as people with different body types and of various races and orientations. Accompanied by Tariq’s vibrant illustrations, the holiday comes to life on the page. Back matter includes a glossary.
VERDICT A wonderful introduction to the holiday for those familiar with the celebration or not. The underlying message emphasizes the importance of kindness and joy, making it a valuable addition to any home, school, or public library.

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