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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 6
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847801536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847801531
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Muslim family living in London joins thousands of others as they make the yearly sacred pilgrimage, or Hajj, to Mecca. The text invites children to perform the same activities as the pilgrims, described in one free-verse poem per spread: “Stand with the pilgrims / As they face the Ka’bah, / Head bare, feet in sandals, / With thousands of others.” The text is lyrical, but the lyricism comes at a price: what’s actually happening is pretty vague. Throughout, it’s tough to figure out where the pilgrims are on the nine-day journey, and unfamiliar terms like Black Stone and As-Safaa aren’t explained until a concluding glossary. The cut-paper mixed-media art, however, nicely presents the wide range of pilgrims, from those in wheelchairs to the youngest children, and captures the sheer number of “Strangers, sisters. / Strangers, brothers” united in their faith. Those who share this will want to have prior knowledge of Islam; otherwise, there will be more questions than answers. Grades 1-4. --Ann Kelley

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"Wait with the pilgrims
As the ninth day approaches.
And the city swells
With pilgrims from all lands.
From city
And steppe,
From island
And desert.
They all congregate
To continue the journey."
— from the book

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Basil on October 21, 2012
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That this is the best book for children on the Hajj is unfortunately not saying much. Literature on Islam for children tends to be horrendous. I was even speaking to someone who distributes children's titles on Islam and mentioned that she was embarrassed by some of the books that her company had for sale, but that they could not find anything better. Naima Roberts Going to Mecca is written in a smooth and flowing style. It covers all of the basics of the Hajj, but does not really give background history, i.e. why do Muslims go on Hajj in the first place. One will need to know a little bit about the Hajj in order to fill in the details for children. My children keep asking me what one thing is and then another. The appendix at the end is useful for these purposes. My children enjoy reading this book on a regular basis, especially during Hajj season.
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Being that there are so few Muslim children's books and even less on Hajj or Mecca, we kinda had to buy this. I haven't read Robert's Ramadan Moon but had read some of her other writing. I like the illustrations. The idea is cute that the reader is going on Hajj as well. But I found the writing a bit clunky. I ended up making up a story to go with the pictures rather than read what was on the page which was more of a description than a story. Glad to have more exposure in the book world but not a favorite. We only read it twice and probably will only bring it out at Hajj time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Zalloum on October 24, 2013
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I advice to have this book for kids, it explains how Mecca is important for Pilgrimage Muslims. Very good job
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