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Author: Fawzia Gilani-Williams

Illustrator: Proiti Roy

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corporation,

Material: hard cover

Summary: It is the evening before the Muslim holiday of Eid. On his way home from work, Nabeel buys gifts for his wife, mother, and adult daughter. He also purchases a new pair of pants for himself, but they are 4 fingers too long. The shopkeeper does not have time to shorten the pants for him. When he gets home Nabeel gives each woman their gift and asks is she would hem his pants for him. They explain that they are too busy, so Nabeel shortens his pants. The story turns comical as his wife, mother, and daughter all reflect on how special Nabeel is to them, and each shortens his pants by 4 fingers. When he goes to try them on, they are now nearly to his knees! Ahhhh! They all laugh, and the women fix the pants. They head off to the mosque to celebrate the holiday. This is a seasonal picture book celebrating Muslim customs and Eid.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 10

Reading Level: 2.9

Age of Child: Read with three boys ages 2, 4, and 6.

Young Reader Reaction: My kids LOVED this book. They laughed out loud as the events unfolded. The story is written in a delightful, lighthearted manner that is both accessible to kids and gentle in its approach. They asked for this one a lot.

Adult Reader Reaction: I LOVED this book. I thought that the story was absolutely hilarious. The characters are endearing, as they are so nice to each other and accepting when things don't go as planned. The events are downright comical.The illustrations, simple but colorful and fun, have visual appeal and tell the story well. This is a book that will appeal to Muslims and non-Muslims. (We are non-Muslims). There are a handful of words in the book that were new to our family -- mosque, burqa (dress), biryani (a food), dupatta (long scarf), etc. -- that we can use to discover different cultures. If the words are new to you, the amount of vocabulary is just right -- it's not overwhelming for the parent or the child, and the illustrations help a lot by showing what the items look like.

Pros: This fun, well illustrated picture book engages readers with laugh-out-loud moments. It also offers an introduction to Muslim culture in a positive way.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a story that will be funny read over and over and over again. At a minimum, do check it out from the library! Wonderful, wonderful book. You will laugh and feel warm inside!

If You Liked This Book, Try: NIGHT OF THE MOON; A Muslim Holiday Story   MY LITTLE LORE OF LIGHT  

Educational Themes: The story verges on a folktale style, but is filled with lots of information to introduce Muslim customs, holidays, and Arabic vocabulary.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, cultures and tradition, multicultural, bilingual, Arabic, Islam, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2012

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