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As in Hena Khan's Night of the Moon (2008), this richly illustrated offering follows a Muslim family through its observance of the "Month of Mercy." In lines of free-verse poetry, a girl describes watching for the first "silver sliver of brightness / . . . That is the Ramadan Moon." During subsequent days of fasting and prayer, the girl and her family "keep busy / With all sorts of good deeds," and children of all religious backgrounds will recognise similarities in the ways that the girl tries to translate faith into action. Other titles offer fuller explanations of terms such as Eid Day. But this book's poetic words and playful, patterned collage artwork capture both the solemnity and joy of religious practise and, in scenes of worshippers of every type and hue, show the diversity of the Muslim community around the world. Grades K-3. --Gillian Engberg --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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NA'IMA B ROBERT is descended from Scottish Highlanders on her father's side and the Zulu people on her mother's side. She was born in Leeds, grew up in Zimbabwe and went to university in London. At high school, her loves included performing arts, public speaking and writing stories that shocked her teachers! She has written several multicultural books for children and is the author of 'From Somalia, with love', a novel for young adults. 'Boy vs Girl' is her second books for teens. She divides her time between London and Cairo and dreams of living on a farm with her own horses. Until then, she is happy to be a mum to her four children and keep reading and writing books that take her to a different world each time.To find out more about Na'ima B Robert click here SHIRIN ADL..was born in Harlow, England, in 1975. She received a first class BA honours in illustration from Loughborough University, and won the Hallmark MS division Talented Designer Award. She currently lives in Oxford with her husband.

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K-Gr 4-Free-verse text and mixed-media collage illustrations create a satisfying depiction of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr. A girl describes the excitement of the holidays, the visits to the mosque, good deeds, acts of charity, and breaking of bad habits, all of which are part of the observance. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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