Amira's Picture Day
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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What 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.
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What's the Story?
AMIRA'S PICTURE DAY takes readers into the world of Amira, a young girl who's excitedly awaiting the celebration of Eid with her family. With beautiful mehndi (henna design) on her hand and treat bags packed, horror strikes her as she realizes that Eid and class picture day are both tomorrow! Without being given an option, she goes to the celebration adorned in her colorful shalwar kameez (tunic over loose pants) and leaves her pink picture day outfit behind. How will this dilemma end? Will Amira be missing from classroom 2B's picture?
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the information shared about Eid in Amira's Picture Day. What did you know about the holiday before you read the book? What's something new you learned?
Do you and your family celebrate Eid? What special traditions do you have?
How do you think Amira would've felt if she missed picture day? How would you have felt?
- Author: Reem Faruqi
- Illustrator: Fahmida Azim
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Great Girl Role Models, Holidays
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Holiday House
- Publication date: April 13, 2021
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: April 7, 2022
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