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Magid, an eight-year-old Muslim boy in Cairo, is determined to celebrate Ramadan by fasting, despite the opposition of family members who feel ...
Magid, an eight-year-old Muslim boy in Cairo, is determined to celebrate Ramadan by fasting, despite the opposition of family members who feel that he is not yet old enough to fast.
Set in contemporary Egypt and constructed, apparently, with the purpose of explaining Ramadan to non-Muslims, the book succeeds; a glossary extends the lesson. As a story, however, it is rather stiff, with explanations outweighing plot and character; the watercolors have the blandness of textbook fare. There's a shortage of books that explain Islam to children; this one has but limited usefulness.
"A fine offering that explores a holiday unfamiliar to many American children." Horn Book
"An interesting look at an Egyptian Muslim family's celebration of Ramadan through the eyes of eight-year-old Magid. . . . Lewis's watercolors blend well with the text and give readers an accurate sense of character, location, and cultural tradition as well as a skillful portrayal of emotional nuance through facial expressions and physical stances. . . . This is a refreshing visit to a '90s Muslim family that accurately represents Islamic practice and the spiritual reasons behind it. . . . Magid is an amiable ambassador for his faith." School Library Journal