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With lively pastel-and-pencil artwork, this warm picture book shows and tells the observance and meaning of Ramadan through the viewpoint of a Muslim child. Leena is happy to be invited to her friend’s birthday party, although it turns out that the event is on a day during Ramadan when Leena plans to fast with her family. She attends the party and has lots of fun, even though she does not eat or drink. It’s hard for her when everyone else eats chocolate cake, and a close-up picture shows her stress and exhaustion as she maintains her fast. Her loving dad offers support and tells her, “It’s not easy sometimes.” Finally the time comes to break her fast, and as she says the traditional Arabic prayers, she realizes what the day has taught her. The blend of the upbeat and challenging moments will spark discussion, and a final note fills in more about the holy month. Grades 1-3. --Hazel Rochman

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"The blend of the upbeat and challenging moments will spark discussion, and a final note fills in more about the holy month." --Booklist


"Functions beautifully as both mirror for Muslim-American children and window for their non-Muslim friends. . . . A worthwhile addition to the still-too-sparse literature for children about Muslim-Americans. (author's note)" --Kirkus Reviews


"The author takes a realistic situation and addresses it in such a manner that those not familiar with Ramadan will have a better understanding of the holy month." --Library Media Connection
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590786041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590786048
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CarefulParent on September 30, 2010
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One of the best picture books for/about Muslim children. I have given copies of this book to friends, family and my children's school library.

Thorough, evocative, typical of the Ramadan observances of millions of Muslims.

The story is well-crafted and the illustrations are very well done.

The book will appeal to a broad audience.

(Note: I recommend "Party in Ramadan" over Asma Mobinuddin's "The Best Eid Ever". That other one requires a little bit more familiarity with Muslim cultures and observances, and it assumes the reader will have those insights ready at hand, which someone new to this kind of story will definitely not.)

Party in Ramadan is an instant "Muslim-Classic". Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Freda C. Shamma on August 23, 2010
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This is a book that can be read just because it's a good story, and/or because it informative about something important in a Muslim child's life, and/or because it contains a good lesson about sharing and respecting the dignity of the poor. If you read it for all three reasons, you'll be glad you did, and so will your children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reham Shehata on August 31, 2010
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The book is a story about a muslim girl who wants to attend her non-muslim-friend's birthday party the first day of Ramadan. It highlights respect for people's differences and beliefs. I find it more suitable for kids 8 years old and older as they will be able to relate, but my 5 years old still enjoyed it.
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I love how Asma Mobin-Uddin described Leena's character and the feeling of fasting when no one else around you is fasting, as well as how Leena felt when her mom told Julia's mom about Leena fasting. Very relatable! The illustrations are pastelly soft and warm and I loved how the characters emotions were illustrated.
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