Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-01 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 32 user ratings

"A really well done story about Ramadan. Yasmeen, a Pakistani-American girl, asks about Ramadan and shares with her classmates (and us) all she learns and experiences during the holiday. The art, inspired by Islamic tiles, is dredged in rich colors and enhances the mystical beauty of a holiday interwoven with the moon. A well told story clearly explaining a holiday many are interested in learning about, illustrated with beautiful art, and an author's note and a glossary at the end, what more could you want?" said.

"I thought this was delightful. Nothing dour about it, but not superficial either. It wasn't just an account of the holiday from the little girl's perspective, it was filled with things to notice - like the moon, of course, which is a passage of time accessible to children like little else. And like snacks versus getting to fast. And the depiction of fasting as not necessarily easy but definitely rewarding. But again, still accessible. I loved the moon and the borders, but I wasn't a huge fan of the way people were painted - it's just not my favorite style. Good book though!" said.

"Based on the Islamic Celebration of Ramadan, this story is a great way to introduce students of all cultures to this Muslim holiday story. The reader discovers new words, traditions, religious symbols as young Yasmeen, and her family, celebrates the month of Ramadan and the Night of the New Moon.

I love how the illustrator keeps with the blues and greens throughout the story. This helps add to the power of the moon and its symbolism in the story.

This would be a great story when in December and discussing traditional celebrations around the world.
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"The main character Yasmeen is a Pakistani- American girl, who is seven years old. Yasmeen, her family, and friends have an amazing time celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Eid is a very felicitous day for Muslims all around the world. In this story we follow Yasmeen through the month of Ramadan an witness some of the activities that her and her family do during this celebration. It is the tracking of the moon that drives Ramadan celebration. Many terminology having to do with this Muslim celebration is introduced through out the story. The cartoon like illustrations by Paschkis capture the spirit of Ramadan. The moon plays an important role in the illustrations of this book.
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"This was an amazingly illustrated and told story about a 7 year old Pakistani-American girl and her confusion about the date that the Muslim holiday Ramadan falls on. She is taught that the differences in the dates are based on a lunar calendar versus a solar one (what we typically use). This book has a lot of potential in the classroom. Number one, it humanizes Muslims and dispels many myths and prejudices about them, their religion, and culture. Two, it has a science element involved with the discussion of the calendar differences. The lunar/solar calendar topic could lead into a lunar cycle lesson, a history lesson about calendar changes, or a cultural discussion about holidays." said.

"This is overall an excellent package--the text is very well written and comprehensive for any child learning about the Islamic holiday Eid (for both Muslim and non-Muslim children alike). The author, Hena Khan, is a Pakistani American who ascribes her own joy for the festival in her writing. Readers will relate to young Yasmeen's curiosity about the holy month and her anticipation of the celebration. The colorful and playful art, done by Julie Paschkis, was inspired by the decorations of Islamic tiles. The illustrations seem illuminated on every page, very well done in context of the Moon's importance during Ramadan." said.

"Date: August 30th, 2014

Author: Hena Khan; Illustrations by Julie Paschkis

Title: Night of the Moon

Plot: Yasmeen is a young girl who is looking forward to Ramadan, a Islamic holiday. During Ramadan, Yasmeen will eat delicious foods, wear new clothes, attend a lot of parties and receive presents.

Setting: No setting identified; Time: Ramadan Holiday

Characters: Yasmeen

Point-of-View: Third-Person (Yasmeen is the main character)

Theme: Family, Tradition, Holiday

Style: Narrative

Copyright: 2008

Note: This is the first time I have read about the Ramadan, so it was really cool to see what exactly the meaning of the holiday was and what it represented. I think this would be great to place in a school library because I feel that it's important for students to learn about different holidays that they're not familiar with or don't celebrate in their own homes.
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" A beautifully illustrated kids book that tells a friendly tale of celebrating Eid. Good for young readers and a great family read. " said.

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