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Zahra's Blessing: A Ramadan Story

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Girl's kindness shines in gorgeous Ramadan tale.

Girl sits at desk with teddy bear.

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In a book not to be missed, author Shirin Shamsi weaves a loving family's story celebrating Ramadan around Manal Mirza's beautiful, brightly colored images, exuding warmth and sharing information. Zahra's Blessing: A Ramadan Story has a lovely way of using a lost teddy bear to explore traditions, generosity, and community along with lots of facts about this monthlong Muslim holiday. The short explanations of fasting and Eid-al-Fitr are great, and the notes about displacement, shelters, and foster care use straightforward, compassionate language to help young readers understand these complex situations.

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