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The story, author's note, and glossary share information about the traditions of Eid and its history. Terms include "masjid" (Arabic word for mosque), "shalwar kameez" (tunic over loose pants that are gathered at the waist and ankle, the national dress of Pakistan), "mehndi" (henna design on the skin).
Eid is a holiday centered on family time and community celebrations. It's important to understand family traditions and value them.The most special days are days when you can truly be yourself.
Positive Role Models
Amira's family members and masjid congregation are positive role models committed to celebrating Eid and enjoy spending time together as a community. Amira displays her commitment to her religion, while also balancing her desire to be a part of a special day at school and share with her friends.
The story focuses on Amira's Muslim family and their traditions. Their South Asian heritage and traditional Eid celebrations are proudly shown. All the book's characters are of varying skin tones, ages, and religions (Amira's classmates are also featured).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Amira's Picture Day, by Reem Faruqi, is a sweet and educational picture book about a young girl of South Asian heritage and her experience of celebrating Eid, an important Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan. The story has relatable themes for readers from both religious and nonreligious backgrounds, as it highlights dilemmas caused by conflicting obligations. The illustrations tell a story of their own, as they're filled with details and emotion. The author's note and glossary share more details about the history and traditions of Eid.
Is It Any Good?
This beautiful story captures the essence of Eid, the celebration marking the end of Ramadan. Amira's Picture Day is certainly a must-read for anyone who celebrates the holiday or anyone who has had to choose between two things they want to do. Fahmida Azim's wondrous illustrations will capture readers' hearts. This book is both educational and entertaining.
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