Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Review

This tale about the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is told through the eyes of Yasmeen, a seven-year-old Pakistani-American girl. The Islamic calendar is based on lunar cycles, and one bedtime, Yasmeen’s mother points out the moon’s first crescent in the night sky, marking the start of Ramadan. Through Yasmeen’s conversations with her family, readers discover more about this Muslim celebration. Parties are held throughout the month, where people come together to share food, gifts and prayers.

Each night, Yasmeen watches the moon as it transforms from the tiniest sliver of a crescent to a bright full circle, then reduces in size until it disappears altogether. The Night of the Moon, when the first crescent appears again, signifies the end of Ramadan and is followed by the festival of Eid. Yasmeen prays in the mosque, has her hands decorated with henna, eats wonderful food, and receives a very special gift.

Beautiful, rich illustrations enhance this joyful and informative picture book. A useful glossary of terms and a note from the author at the end of the book provides further information.

Perfect for children who are interested in different cultures, and ideal for use in schools when studying festivals or world religions.

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