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This beautifully composed story straddles two worlds-America and Islamic Indo-Pakistani culture. Eid-ul-Adha is a celebration of Prophet Abraham's sacrifice and trust in God. It is celebrated in a manner similar to Thanksgiving by offering lamb rather than turkey, which is distributed among the poor, the family, and friends. This benevolent distribution is a key part of this story. Aneesa is missing her parents, who have gone to Saudia Arabia to perform the Hajj pilgrimage, leaving her at home in America. Her grandmother distracts her with gifts, then cooks her favorite meal-lamb korma. Dressed in their elegant holiday clothing, Aneesa and Nonni visit the mosque. Aneesa notices two sisters in ragged clothing who are refugees from a war-torn country. Feeling concern for them, she puts together a plan with Nonni's help. This is a heartwarming tale of a child's generosity, and Jacobsen's illustrations flesh out the warmth and tenderness of the characters' interaction. This is a welcome contribution, giving much-needed visibility to a celebration observed by over ten million people in North America. A glossary explains the Arabic and Urdu terms.
—Fawzia Gilani-WilliamsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted July 2, 2009
Do you know what a Shawar Kameez is? Or what a Kurta is? Look inside this book and you will soon find out. Inside are beautiful, vivid illustrations with a wonderful story of love. Do you know about the Hajj Pilgrimage or what Eid al-Adha is? You may learn from reading this book about both. Enjoy a journey to learning some new information.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.