- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 7
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers; First hardcover edition (May 11, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0884483215
- ISBN-13: 978-0884483212
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle Hardcover – May 11, 2010
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Gr 1-4–This thought-provoking tale straddles American, Persian, and Islamic cultures. Shirin, nine, watches for the moon signaling the start of Ramadan. She is disappointed because she is too young to fast, but her father encourages her to do good deeds. Jalali depicts the Shia-Muslim form of prayer, which includes kissing a stone, and also touches on the issue of women covering their hair. Throughout the story, Shirin follows the waxing and waning stages of the moon and is delighted when she gets permission to do half-day fasts and even more pleased when it appears that she is able to cope with them better than her brother. To her astonishment, she discovers him secretly eating. She decides not to expose Ali and counts it as a good deed. As Ramadan ends, the family prepares for Eid-ul-Fitr. O'Brien's watercolor illustrations evoke a culturally authentic Persian-American aesthetic, depicting warm characters in a family setting. An explanation of Ramadan and Eid is given in the back matter. This is another wonderful contribution to the slowly increasing collection of fictional books on the observance of Ramadan and a great resource for librarians and teachers.Fawzia Gilani-Williams, An-Noor School, Windsor, Ontario
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This moving picture book for older readers about a young Muslim girl and her family at Ramadan weaves together the traditional observance and its meaning with a lively drama of sibling rivalry. In her backyard in Maine, Shirin, 9, and her father watch for the new moon that starts the holy month. Shirin begs to be allowed to fast, like her older brother, Ali, 12, but she is furious when her family tells her she is too young. Then her parents decide to let her fast for part of the day, and she is thrilled. She also learns that Ramadan is about doing good deeds to help others. The unframed, intricately detailed, mixed-media illustrations show the siblings' ugly standoffs (Shirin's jealousy, Ali's smugness), as well as the family at prayer, at the dinner table, and in warm close-ups. Along with the information about the holiday, there is a real story here: when Shirin helps Ali, it changes their relationship and reveals the meaning of the holiday. Grades 2-4. --Hazel Rochman
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Beautifully illustrated, clear story-line, from the perspective of an Iranian family. But it could be the story of any family observing Ramadan.
(That the family is Shite is only alluded to in the pictures where they are shown praying, and the wooden/stone is on the rug. Otherwise it could easily be a Sunni household as well).
Don't let that deter anyone from buying this classic Muslim children's story.