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In Review

By Elizabeth Wroten

Nonfiction Review: My Id-al-Fitr by Monica Hughes

On 27, Jun 2016 | In Review | By Elizabeth Wroten

My EidMy Id-al-Fitr by Monica Hughes (Raintree Sprouts Festivals)

From Goodreads: This series introduces readers to a variety of religious festivals. Each title looks at the preparations that go into each festival, what people wear, where it takes place, the food that is eaten, when it happens, who celebrates it, and why it’s celebrated. A case study approach is taken, following a young child as they get involved in the preparations and celebrations.

This is clearly geared toward young children and the amount of information is certainly good for the audience. There just wasn’t a whole lot of information in the book. And over half of it didn’t seem especially pertinent to Eid al-Fitr. I did like that the family appears to Pakistani and not Arab which is not usually the case in these books.

I couldn’t shake the feeling that these were awkwardly posed photos. The expressions and poses just didn’t feel quite natural and that really bugs me. Do kids care? I’m not sure. They certainly don’t have adult quality standards, but they might have higher standards when it comes to representing their world in a realistic way, e.g. with photography.

I think you could pass on this one. There are much better designed and more tightly focused books on Ramadan, Eid and Islam.

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