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My Id-Al-Fitr

My Id-Al-Fitr

by Monica Hughes

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Children's Literature
This series of religious festivals is presented as a child's diary of the celebration—preparations, special foods, special gifts. The photographs are warm, lively portrayals of a single family practicing a particular faith—Christianity (Christmas), Divali (Hindu), Id-al-Fitr (Muslim), Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah (Jewish). However, there is no explanation of any of the holidays or the traditions nor is there any indication of the nationality of the family involved, which can affect the particular holiday traditions. Id-al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan but there is no mention of the connection between Ramadan and the Koran, which even young Muslim children learn. This means the unique nature of each holiday is left out and there is a certain sameness to all the holidays—families get together, give presents to each other and eat a big meal together. There is a short glossary and index but no explanatory text for teachers or parents. Classes with children representing diverse faith traditions might find the series useful as a model for children to make scrapbooks of their own family and religious celebrations, but every book in the series needs additional information to be complete. 2004, Raintree, Ages 3 to 6.
— Karen Leggett

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Heinemann Library
Publication date:
Festivals Series
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.20(d)
400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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