Lailah is in a new school in a new country, thousands of miles from her old home, and missing her old friends. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her classmates won't understand why she doesn't join them in the lunchroom. Lailah solves her problem with help from the school librarian and her teacher and in doing so learns that she can make new friends who respect her beliefs.
This gentle, moving story from first-time author Reem Faruqi comes to life in Lea Lyon's vibrant illustrations. Lyon uses decorative arabesque borders on intermittent spreads to contrast the ordered patterns of Islamic observances with the unbounded rhythms of American school days.
Age: 5-8 years
Number of Pages: 32
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
KitaabWorld Book Review: Lailah's hesitation about her faith and traditions are gently explained from a child’s point of view. Though she is excited to begin fasting in Ramadan, she is unsure of how to explain this practice to her classmates or deal with the temptations of lunchtime! Eventually, and with the help her librarian and teacher, she gains confidence, acceptance and admiration among her peers. A great classroom resource. Read an interview with author Reem Faruqi here.
This book is also part of our CELEBRATING ISLAM book list.