Rashad's Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr (Cloverleaf Books - Holidays and Special Days) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-04-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 40 user ratings

" Great illustrations, nicely set out. " said.

" I thought this was a good basic description of Ramadan, but G thought it was too "little kiddish." Nice bright simple illustrations. " said.

" A great book to use to promote a cultural diversity and appreciation for all holidays within the classroom. This is another book from Lisa Bullard that shares information about a holiday celebrated around the world: Islamic holiday of Ramadan and Eid. I would love to read this book to children around the time of this holiday so that children gain knowledge about this cultural celebration as well. Invite a guest speaker or student to share. Cute illustrations! " said.

"Nice, colorful book that touches on the basics (who, how, when, why, where) of celebrating Ramadan. Probably a better title for those families who don't celebrate who'd like to know more than for Muslim families, though it's always nice to have your own faith reflected in a book. Table of contents, topical index, glossary, bibliography/webliography, plus a "make a moon can" activity to collect money for "people who don't have enough to eat." This may be my favorite part of the book, since it looks so much like an activity any other family (religious or non-religious) might participate in, too; it's a very concrete connection among faiths and practices. Part of the Cloverleaf Books: Holidays and Special Days series, which includes Chinese New Year, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, and Passover. " said.

"I like this little book. Not knowing a great deal about Ramadan, it helps to understand why and how Muslims celebrate. I have heard of the health benefits of fasting, and am thinking of participating next year.

Good starter for helping kids, and some adults, understand Ramadan. I liked the diversity of the figures in the book. Rashad is brown skin in complexion, however, there are Muslims in the book that are represented as white and in between. There is a craft at the end of the book, making this book especially great for a storytime or a classroom reading. The glossary in the back is helpful for those that may have trouble with the words. There is also a bibliography for more information.
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"This was a tricky one. On the one hand there is a very simple text in the book that walks Rashad through Ramadan. There is a story here and it’s not especially didactic, but does specifically talk about Ramadan.

However, there were a lot of side bar boxes that added a lot of information for the non-Muslim. I would have thought it would make the book feel like it was intended for both Muslim and non-Muslim audiences alike, but it didn’t. Maybe it’s because the story is so, so simple (which makes it great for young audiences). Or maybe It’s just that most Muslims would probably skip the informational boxes and glossary at the end which makes more than half the content in the book irrelevant.

I think this one would make a better supplement to an already strong collection or if you are looking for basic informational books about the holiday. The family is black (it never says they live in America which could make the setting a lot of different places), so if you have a strong black Muslim population in your library you should consider adding it to your collection. For our collection, I’m looking for books that have stories with Muslim families and center around holidays, but are not so informational so I think I’ll pass. I’m also in favor of a smaller, stronger collection versus a large one.
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"Text to World Connection:
It was interesting to me that Ramadan is determined by the lunar calendar. This is similar to how Christians determine when to celebrate Easter. One difference is that Muslims look for the crescent moon while Christians look for the full moon to determine the start dates for these celebrations.

Rationale for culturally specific:
I wanted to use a book on Ramadan because many of my students celebrate Christmas and are unaware that different religions have other celebrations during that time of the year.
This book is culturally specific because the Rashad, the narrator, tells of how his family celebrates Ramadan using terms specific to that religious celebration and then there is a blurb with specific information about the history behind Ramadan and the reasons why Muslims uphold certain traditions.

6 Bloom's Taxonomy questions:
1. Can you tell me three things Muslims do during Ramadan?
2. Why do Muslims celebrate Ramadan at that time of the year?
3. Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan?
4. How is Ramadan similar to another religious celebration like Christmas or Hanukkah?
5. What do you like best about the traditions of Ramadan?
6. How would you contrast Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr?
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"This book for young children is about a Somali Muslim family living in the U.S. and how they celebrate Ramadan.

Muslims practice the religion of Islam, and their most holy time is the month of Ramadan. Young Rashad tells readers about this holiday period, which consists of a month of fasting and prayer. Muslims, like Jews, go by a lunar calendar, meaning that months for religious purposes begin with each new moon. Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar calendar, and is thought to be the time when the first verses of the Quran, or holy book of the Muslims, were received by the Prophet Muhammad.

Healthy adults and children over the age of twelve fast all day during Ramadan, only eating before sunrise in the morning and after sundown at night. Fasting and praying help focus attention on to Allah (the name by which Muslims refer to God). Fasting is also a way to become more aware of the suffering of the poor and hungry, and thus Ramadan is also a time of charity and giving to others.

Rashad is the first one to spot the new moon this year signaling the beginning of Ramadan. This will also be the first year he is going to try to fast - at least for one day - and he is very excited at the opportunity to feel closer to Allah.

His favorite part of the holiday is the celebration at the end of Ramadan (at the next new moon). Called Eid al-Fitr, it is a time to give praise and thanksgiving to Allah. It also involves a huge festival with lights and decorations, feasting, and distributing charity to those in need.

Evaluation: The simple text is supplemented by callout boxes throughout the book that give more detailed information about the customs mentioned by Rashad. At the end of the book, there is a glossary, recommended sources for additional exploration, and instructions for making a “moon can,” which is a collection box for money to give to the poor during Ramadan.

Holli Conger provides the whimsical and colorful illustrations for which she is so well known.

Rating: 3.5/5
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