By Elizabeth Wroten
Nonfiction Review: Ramadan Islamic Holy Month by Terri Sievert
On 26, Jun 2016 | In Review | By Elizabeth Wroten
From Goodreads: Provides a description of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan, how it started, and ways people celebrate this cultural holiday.
This was another good nonfiction book about Ramadan. It was also the only one that is strictly about Ramadan and doesn’t contain any extraneous information about Islam. On the one hand, I like that it’s so tightly focused and keeps kids from confusing basic information and tenants of the faith with the holiday. On the other hand, kids who would be reading this book will primarily be non-Muslim and might really need a little extra context. Particularly because the book is very simple and easy to read and is, therefore, geared toward younger audiences who will probably not have a lot of context or general knowledge to draw on to make sense of the book.
The book covers all the basics of the holiday, from fasting to zakat. There is also a little inspirational story about a basketball player, Hakeem Olajuwon, who is Mulsim and fasted during “some important games” despite the difficulty. There are also instructions at the end for making a collection jar. I have mixed feelings about that, too. It’s kind of a one-off sort of “celebration” of the holiday, but collecting money for the poor isn’t a bad thing either. The photographs show a mix of Muslims, which is good.
I guess, in the end, this is a worthwhile book to have in the collection, particularly if you don’t have many other books on Ramadan. I still think you only need a small handful of informational books about holidays and are better off having storybooks.