Celebrating Ramadan Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-10-24 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings

" This is another good book to explain to children what Ramadan is. It uses real pictures of many different situations and rituals that Ibraheem experiences during a day of Ramadan. It follows a fourth grade student, so it would be really good for a fourth or fifth grade class. " said.

" Celebrating Ramadan by Diane Hoyt-Migdale provides readers with information about Ramadan. This informational text offers children an inside perspective into the details of Ramada, its history and how it is celebrated. Large and colorful photographs are plentiful and the text structure sets readers up for success at comprehension. " said.

" From having visited many Muslim countries over the years- I already knew that Ramadan is an important month because it marks when Muhammad began to recite teachings of the Qur'an. However, this book was a lovely insight into the daily lives of families following the Muslim faith. This is a very nice book for anyone!!!!! " said.

" Told from the viewpoint of Ibraheem and his family, this traces the traditions during the holy month of Ramadan. The text is a bit advanced, but the colorful maps, photographs, and sidebars may draw readers in. It begins with a general overview of Islam, and then moves toward a more specific discussion of fasting, prayer, and history. " said.

" The best thing about children's books about nonfiction is that they keep it simple and get straight to the point, plus lots of color. This book was absolutely wonderful, I hope every school has a copy because it would help everyone understand their fellow muslim students and neighbors. The book covers the basic and provides one boy and family's experience of this special holiday. Simple and very informative, easy to understand, and makes me look forward to fasting " said.

"Celebrating Ramadan By: Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
A fourth grader form Princeton, NJ named Ibraheem takes you through his life as a Muslim. The story begins with the five pillars of Islam, and explains where the majority of Muslims live. Next, the author explains how Ibraheem prays five times a day, and lists parts of the prayers. The book goes on to talk about The Qur’an, Ramadan, and prayer.
This is a nonfiction picture book for ages 9-13. There is a glossary at the end of the book that details many of the words that students might not know. The picture book is a combination of photos of Ibraheem and his family and text. I would recommend that this book be used to help students with celebration research projects. In second grade we study holidays and celebrations around the world, so this text could be useful for students to learn more about Ramadan. The only potential controversy could be that it is very biased. Some of the text is more opinion then fact. The prayers, maps, and real pictures would help students gain a better understanding of Ramadan and its significance in the Muslim religion. I would recommend this text be read with other holiday or celebration books at a similar reading level. I feel that this text has a lot of useful information to give younger students a window into another culture, but there were many biased statements. I would possibly to this as a read aloud so that we could focus on the best written parts of the text instead of the whole book.
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" A bit dry but I learned a lot! " said.

"When I was picking up my last pile of children's books from my list (again a nod of thanks to the head Librarian of the Pittsfield Library in Maine, for setting me on this ride) I saw this book on display in the children's room. It seemed to me a more than worthy book to take out and read, and it was. Learning about other cultures and their beliefs is a great thing at any age and this is a wonderful book that follows a young man named Ibraheem (ib-rah-HEEM) and his family from the start of Ramadan to the end, a month of praying and fasting, ending with Eid al-Fitr.

Ibraheem and his family are Muslim Americans that live in New Jersey.

I recommend this book for all ages. For many many reasons.

It was a pleasant learning experience and for myself not only did I learn things that I didn't know, I now need to make Ghorayyibah!
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