Ramadan is a month-long observance when Muslims fast, attend prayer sessions, spend time with their family, and give to those in need. This picture book, about a girl who wishes for a sister, takes place during Ramadan:
During this year’s Ramadan season, Zahra prays she will be blessed with a sister. Then, when her beloved teddy bear goes missing, she adds finding Teddy to her prayers. But when she befriends a young girl at a shelter for asylum seekers, Zahra finds herself more grateful than ever for her blessings. This book combines several evergreen topics (child wishing for a sibling, loss of a loved toy, family traditions) with a holiday (Ramadan), universal themes (gratitude, blessings, helping those less fortunate), and does so with lyrical language, colorful illustrations, informative backmatter, and heart. Lots of heart. Bravo to Shamsi and Mirza for creating a beautiful book centered on a Muslim family and holiday that all children will enjoy.
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Heather is a busy wife and mom of five rambunctious children and one lovable pup They all provide lots of distractions, but oodles of inspiration. Sometimes the pictures and ideas in her head turn into her own children's stories, but she always makes time to read other people's books. Sometimes she reviews them here.