The Gift of Ramadan
By Diondra Brown,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Heartfelt story about Ramadan and learning how to sparkle.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Information on the history and traditions of Ramadan, a monthlong religious holiday for Muslims. Islamic terms, including "sahoor" and "iftar," are included in the story.
Ramadan is a holiday centered around family time. It's important to understand family traditions and value them. Expressing your love for others makes your heart feel full. Your special talents and uniqueness make you sparkle.
Positive Role Models
Sophia and her family are positive role models because they are committed to celebrating Ramadan and enjoy spending time together as a family. Her grandmother makes her feel special by valuing her contribution to making the holiday special.
The story center's on Sophia's Muslim family and their traditions. The characters are varying skin tones and ages. They display their commitment to their religion and their love for each other.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Gift of Ramadan is a bright, heartfelt, educational picture book that shares the rich traditions of the Muslim holiday. It's an informative and relatable book for young readers, of any or no religious background, that shows the power of the contributions we can all make to our families and communities. The beautifully illustrated book shows the joys and difficulties associated with celebrating the holiday. The author's note shares more details about the history and traditions of Ramadan.
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What's the Story?
THE GIFT OF RAMADAN follows the story of Sophia and her family's Ramadan celebration. After spotting the crescent moon, Sophia knows it's time to begin the monthlong holiday, which includes fasting. Upon learning from her grandmother that fasting helps make a person "sparkly," Sophia decides she wants to fast alongside her family for the first time. When her attempt fails, she searches for another way to support her family and participate in the special holiday.
Is It Any Good?
This beautiful, family-centered picture book brings the holiday to life. The Gift of Ramadan is a wonderful portrayal of a loving, multigenerational family that focuses on their commitment to one another other and their beliefs during an important religious celebration. Author Rabiah York Lumbard's story shows that the holiday is not about food but rather about the care shown for loved ones and the community around you. Laura K. Horton's warm illustrations help tell the story and draw young readers in with lots of details.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about all the information shared about Ramadan in The Gift of Ramadan. What did you know about the holiday before you read the book? What is something new you learned?
Do you and your family celebrate Ramadan? What special traditions do you have?
If you could talk to Sophia, what would you suggest she do during the day while she's fasting, to help keep her heart full?
- Author: Rabiah York Lumbard
- Illustrator: Laura Horton
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Great Girl Role Models, Holidays
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.
- Publication date: April 1, 2019
- Number of pages: 32
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: April 4, 2022
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