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A Party in Ramadan

A Party in Ramadan

Spring 2009 Picture Books
Ages: 7 - 9 yrs.
Author: Asma Mobin-Uddin
Illustrator: Laura Jacobsen
ISBN: 978-1-59078-604-8
Hardcover Price: $16.95
Leena is conflicted. She wants to attend her friend Julia's birthday party but she also wants to fast with her family. Julia’s party is the first Friday of Ramadan, the month when Muslims neither eat nor drink from sunup to sundown. Leena wants to participate in the fast like the adult members of her family, but she also wants to ride the pony at Julia's party.

In this appealing story, young readers can identify with Leena's dilemma, as they learn something about the Muslim faith. The warm pastel pencil illustrations bring Leena and her loving family to life. An interesting pictorial subtext that runs throughout the book; Jacobsen’s depiction of a neighborhood of similar modest homes delivers an unspoken implication of common humanity.

Kemie Nix   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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