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My First Ramadan (My First Holiday) Paperback – May 12, 2015
“Clear words and simple, colorful collage illustrations show the family together as the boy learns the meaning of Muslim customs, prayers, and practices. . . . Children will appreciate the warm, personal narrative, as well as the connections with Muslims all over the world.” ―Booklist
“In this simple explanation of Ramadan, a little boy explains that he will be fasting for the first time. . . . The richly patterned collage and mixed-media pictures will appeal to young children. A double-paged spread with many races and national groups illustrates the diversity of the Muslim world.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Upbeat and informative . . . With her signature mixed-media and collage artwork depicting people with large, open, friendly faces, Katz accents a solid and inviting introduction to these holidays.” ―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Karen Katz has written and illustrated many books for children, including The Colors of Us, Can You Say Peace?, My First Kwanzaa, Counting Kisses, and Where Is Baby's Belly Button? Long inspired by folk art from around the world, she wrote her first book, Over the Moon, when she and her husband adopted their daughter from Guatemala, and she wanted to tell the story of welcoming Lena into their lives. Katz loves to paint and experiment with texture, color, collage and pattern. Besides an author and illustrator, she has been a costume designer, quilt maker, fabric artist and graphic designer. Katz and her family divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York.
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This book, however, mirrors my son's actual experiences AND is high quality! I gave it to him at the beginning of Ramadan last summer and couldn't have more things to say about it. I think it's a great introduction to Ramadan for little Muslims and non-Muslims who have Muslims in their classes at school/daycare, etc.
Also, love that this book is written so that anyone can get a basic understand of the culture because Katz uses arabic terms and breaks them down phonetically and makes it easy to follow.
Overall great book!
The pictures are very well done. Wish the book was a bit more sturdy though as one of the pages ripped a few times after she read it.