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Fasting and Dates: A Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr…

Fasting and Dates: A Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr Story (Festival Time!)

by Jonny Zucker

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This book covers a topic that many students may not be exposed to at home. It makes it easy for the reader to understand a different culture and tradition other than their own. It is well-written and the illustrations are cute!
  emilyauer | Nov 17, 2015 |
This book was very well written! I enjoyed the way that it was talked about and made understandable
  Madison_DeWeerdt | Dec 4, 2014 |
I disliked this book for two reasons. First, the author’s writing style is inconsistent. The first few pages of the short book have just one to two sentences on each page, and there are huge colorful pictures alongside the text. The last two pages are completely different, though. There are no pictures, only paragraphs in an essay format full of information about Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr. I found this to be extremely confusing because when beginning to read the book, I assumed from the author’s writing that it was intended for readers as early as kindergarten age. The last two pages, however, completely threw me off because I think only fourth graders and up would be able to read and comprehend the longer, more complex language and sentences within large paragraphs. I disliked the language as well because I also found it to be extremely confusing. I know nothing about Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr, and I actually had to use the internet after reading this book to discover that Eid-ul-Fitr is the holiday that is celebrated at the end of Ramadan. There were several words native to Muslim culture that weren’t clearly defined or were completely undefined throughout the book. I don’t know how this book could be used to teach children or even adults who are not Muslim, about Muslim traditions and celebrations as it is intended to do. I think the author should have definitely included a glossary at the end of the book to clearly define the plethora of words used by Muslim culture that were included in the book. The main idea of this book is to explain Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr. ( )
  eobend1 | Oct 29, 2014 |
Non-Muslim author for non-Muslim audience. Preschool story. Simple story, simple illustrations. Nothing inaccurate. 1 of 6 books for non-Muslims.
  fadeledu | Dec 28, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0764126717, Paperback)

Books in the Festival Time series describe the activities of typical families as parents and children celebrate some of their culture’s major holidays. Attractive color illustrations on every page will appeal to younger children. The simply yet delightfully told stories describe the festivities while giving children background information about holidays in many different cultures. A two-page spread at the back of each book contains information for parents, and includes suggestions on ways to communicate the holiday’s meaning to kids. A typical Muslim family celebrates the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. In 2004, Ramadan lasts for the entire 30-day lunar month from October 16 through November 13. In 2005, it occurs from October 5 through November 3. It is the time of year for parents and older children to fast, give special praise to God, and be charitable to the poor and needy. The festival of Eid-ul-Fitr occurs on the day following the last day of Ramadan. Families welcome this festival with an elaborate meal attended by extended family and friends. Traditional foods are eaten, including dates and pomegranates.

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