Moon's Ramadan (Hardcover)
With radiant and welcoming art, this debut picture book and modern holiday classic captures the magic and meaning of one of the world's most joyful and important celebrations.
It's Ramadan, the month of peace, and Moon watches over Ramadan traditions with excitement and longing in this sweetly illustrated debut.
In Egypt, India, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates, in Somalia, New Zealand and Indonesia, in Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, children and their families do good deeds in honor of those who have less.
Cleverly blending glimpses of different countries' celebrations with the corresponding phases of the moon, Moon's Ramadan makes Ramadan, one of the world's most widely celebrated traditions, accessible and exciting for all readers. Includes robust and easy-to-understand back matter.
Natasha Khan Kazi is an author-illustrator who draws from her first-generation immigrant experience (pun intended!). Natasha has a background in digital marketing which she has put to good use in sharing her art with the world, through her blog, IslamiMommy. She is an active member of SCBWI, 12x12 Challenge, Storyteller Academy, and an author/illustrator critique group, which inspires her to write and illustrate every day. Natasha currently lives in Los Angeles with her family of picture book readers.
"What a stunning debut book from Natasha Khan Kazi! Kazi's lines are lyrical, and as magical as the moon art she has created...The art is dreamy and has hues like the purple veil of twilight that will encourage readers to linger over the pages. I loved how the Moon looks on Earth, and each page travels to a different and beautiful part of the world celebrating Ramadan. This story felt like a cozy hug from the Moon! For teachers, this book is a must-have. Muslim children will feel pride to see themselves reflected back in these stunning pages." — Reem Faruqi, author of Unsettled and Golden Girl
"Moon celebrates with Muslims of different cultures, skin tones, ages, body types, and abilities actively engaged in evening activities of Ramadan, including good deeds and charity. Women are depicted with and without hijab, in various styles including niqab, while young girls are not portrayed wearing headscarves. The illustrations, an inviting blend of scanned watercolor textures and digital pencil, are in evening tones of blue and purple and portray culturally specific clothing and food, while endpapers are a pattern of repeated moon phases.” — Kirkus Reviews
The moon is personified as a delighted individual peeking in around the world as different Islamic cultures celebrate Ramadan and Eid. Because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, as the author shares in the back matter, this is a clever way of moving from one country to another. . . . A delightful read that teaches students about Ramadan and emphasizes the diversity in the Islamic world. This book will definitely be a go-to for librarians and teachers who want to expand awareness of Ramadan. — School Library Journal (starred review)