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A Party in Ramadan

by Asma Mobin-Uddin
Illustrated by Laura Jacobsen

Published by Boyds Mills Press, 2009
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59078-604-8

Ages 5 - 8

After excitedly opening an invitation to a friend's pony party, Leena is disappointed to find out that the event takes place during Ramadan. As a young Muslim, Leena won't be fasting every day during the holy month, but she already planned to fast on the day of the party. Leena's mother gives her the option of fasting on a different day, but Leena decides to fast AND go to the afternoon party. Leena initially enjoys herself there, but soon finds it hard to abstain from cake and lemonade, especially when she's hungry and thirsty from playing outside. Questioning her choice, and wondering why God made fasting so hard, Leena falls asleep at the party. Later, Leena awakens at home in time for the iftar (feast after the fast) dinner she had long awaited. Reflecting on the significance of Ramadan and her personal challenges, Leena feels proud of her choices in this readable and relevant book. CCBC categories: Seasons and Celebrations.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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