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The Last Night of Ramadan Hardcover – December 1, 2007
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Maissa Hamed is an Egyptian American and a former staff member of UNICEF with thirteen years’ experience in program and policy development, focusing on child labor and education in developing countries. Since 1998, she has been an Education and Research Consultant for Sesame Workshop’s International Research Department. She also provided consulting services for Scholastic Games Productions and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and authored a youth strategy paper for the UN Office of the Alliance of Civilizations to bridge the gap between the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds. In 2006, she founded Enjoy Islam―an artistically creative educational and spiritual endeavor to bring true knowledge of Islam and the Muslim and Arab culture to American families. Maissa has a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in social sciences from The American University, Cairo. She lives in New York with her husband, architect Mohamed El Wakil, AIA, and their two children. She is a member of the American Society for Muslim Advancement.
Mohamed El Wakil, an Egyptian American architect, has lived and worked in the United States for more than twenty years. His watercolor illustrations for The Last Night of Ramadan have been said to “exquisitely capture the soul of the culture.” Mohamed is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the American Society for Muslim Advancement.
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Its an easy read and a great introduction to Ramadan and Eid. I highly recommend it.
A lot of wordy prose on white pages with very small poorly-done cartoony-illustrations.
The book is what I would describe (offensivly, I might add) as a third-world hardcover.
The drawings are amateurish at best.
If the story is good (which I did not bother finishing, it was that superfluous), then it deserves a better presentation, especially at that price.
Enhanced by colorful illustrations that clearly show the artist is familiar with the desert culture from which Islam emanated, this book is a visual treat for its readers and one that children and adults alike can return to time and time again. Each time this book is read, readers of all ages will gain more and more depth in their understanding of Islam by thinking about the information contained in the text and, also, by studying carefully the charming, family-oriented illustrations which extend and expand the text.
This is a book which has universal and timeless appeal. It is a MUST for libraries and schools and is a lovely addition to any library.
It was subsequently purchased for all of FCPL's 23 libraries, and prominently displayed as soon as it arrived at our library! I know for a fact that it has been checked out many times. It's a lovely story which seems to resonate both with children and parents. The friends to whom I mentioned it also proceded to introduce others friends to it, and bought copies to give as presents.
Hope Ms Hamed writes many more of the same in collaboration with her artist of a husband. Great team effort: A Feast for the Eyes and Mind!