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Moon’s Ramadan by Natasha Khan Kazi

Moon’s Ramadan – A journey of celebration around the world is a beautifully illustrated introduction to Ramadan. It explains the events and traditions that take place during the time of fasting and the role that the moon plays in determining when Eid celebrations can begin.

The main character in the story is Moon. Her crescent’s silver sliver signals the start of Ramadan and as she grows she watches Muslims, young and old, from different cultures observe traditions throughout the month. The book starts in Egypt and travels to various countries including Indonesia, the UK, the USA and India.

As we travel through the book and Moon grows we are introduced to the concept of fasting, who fasts and the special meals that are eaten – Suhoor is the early morning meal eaten before sunrise and Iftar breaks the fast after sunset. Moon also watches as Muslims do charitable deeds – delivering baskets of cookies and moon shaped biscuits and sharing wealth with those in need. There are also nightly prayers and henna painting and as Moon becomes new again lanterns are lit on Chaand Raat, the evening before Eid.

The lyrical text is accompanied by beautifully atmospheric illustrations. They’re predominantly blue and purple and Moon’s gently, smiling face is present on every page. We love the way that the illustrations include children, adults and people of other faiths – the US page shows people of different faiths sharing biscuits and a variety of breads.

Moon’s Ramadan gives an interesting and child friendly introduction to Ramadan and a glossary at the back of the book explains phrases and vocabulary. We learnt about fawanees (lanterns), Sadaqah jars (jars for collecting donations and Taraweeh (nightly prayers). The book also introduces the traditional greetings of Ramadan Kareem and Eid Mubarak. It’s a fabulous book to read in an Early Years / Key Stage classroom to raise children’s awareness of the rituals and the significance of Ramadan.

The lunar cycle and the phases of the moon are also explained by the author who has written a short introduction to Ramadan at the start of the book. You can also download a teachers guide.

Age Range: 3 +

Author / Illustrator: Natasha Khan Kazi

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10 responses to “Moon’s Ramadan by Natasha Khan Kazi”

  1. Kim Carberry avatar

    This sounds like a really interesting book and not just for the kids. It does look beautiful. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s absolutely gorgeous and really informative 🙂

  2. Lisa | Handmade in Israel avatar

    I am all for kids learning about other religions and festivals. This sounds like a delightful book.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a really concise and child friendly introduction to Ramadan. I learnt a lot by reading it too!

  3. Amila avatar

    This sounds a great book for kids to learn about Ramadan and different cultures. The book looks colourful with interesting illustrations. I will check for this book as my son already have friends who celebrates Ramadan, and they are now fasting. Son says his friends do not come for lunch etc and he understands it is because of fasting. It would be nice if he can learn more about this tradition.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s interesting to hear that your son’s friends are fasting. I didn’t think that children fasted until they were teenagers.

  4. Carol avatar

    It’s a great idea to understand the traditions of other groups. Looks like a fun introduction. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a beautifully simple introduction to Ramadan. There were several traditions that were new to me and the glossary was really interesting to read.

  5. Kim Carberry avatar

    Never mind the kids, I think we could all learn something from this book. It sounds so interesting. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s really interesting – I learnt lots 🙂