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Leena Ahmad wants to fast during Ramadan, but Julia has invited her to a pony party. Torn between the two choices, she decides to do both. On the day of the big event, Leena proceeds to the swing while the girls enjoy lemonade, knowing that she can't take a drink, but she appeases herself with the thought of cool lemonade when she breaks her fast. It's only when the girls go inside to eat chocolate cake that she begins to question her decision. "Why did God have to make it so hard?" asks the child. Tired, hungry, and thirsty, she falls asleep on the couch and awakes in her own home. Soon it is time to open the fast, and Leena enjoys a rich variety of food with delicious cool lemonade. Julia's family and Amy's mom arrive bearing chocolate cake, and Mrs. Ahmad invites them to share the iftar dinner. This is a beautiful tale of a child grasping her identity yet being able to embrace the differences around her. The story also embodies the forging of community spirit. This is a perfect resource for teaching about choices, sharing, and empathy. Throughout the engaging story, readers are acquainted with Islamic practice. Jacobsen's skillful, gentle images show harmony in diversity.-Fawzia Gilani-Williams, An-Noor School Library, Windsor, Ontario
Posted December 20, 2009
Beautifully illustrated by Laura Jacobsen, Asma Mobin-Uddin's A Party in Ramadan offers a warm glimpse into an annual holiday for those children who are unfamiliar with Islamic traditions, and an affirming contemporary read for Muslim children growing up amidst children who hold other beliefs.
For the first time in her life, the engaging heroine, Leena, wants to celebrate Ramadan, a time of fasting, the way the grow-ups do. The problem arises when Leena is invited to a birthday party where guests will partake of treats she is not supposed to eat during Ramadan. Readers not only see how Leena deals with what could potentially be a frustrating event with wisdom, but also how she relies on her faith tradition to find meaning in the experience. A Party in Ramadan is a relevant addiiton to contemporary children's literature.
M. LaVora Perry, Author
Posted October 4, 2009
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