From the Series Holidays
In Ramadan, young readers will learn about this Muslim holiday and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique holiday.
A labeled diagram helps readers understand the symbols of Ramadan, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about Ramadan online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Ramadan also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.
Ramadan is part of Jump!’s Holidays series.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Number of Pages||24|
Booklist (Amina Chaudri)
This entry in the Holidays series gives emergent readers an accessible first look at the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. It answers the most basic questions about what Ramadan is, how long it lasts (one month), and how it is observed (by praying, fasting, and donating to the poor) and celebrated (with gifts and feasts). Photographs of an array of Muslim girls and boys shown praying, reading the Koran, and enjoying traditional desserts depict a humanity that contrasts with prevalent media images of Muslims. Setting simple sentences against bright backgrounds, the book offers young readers a straightforward, if somewhat spare, explanation of Ramadan, which is bolstered by the many clear, colorful photographs that highlight cultural details. Muslim families will appreciate the familiarity of scenes depicted in its pages, while non-Muslims will be interested in the similarities and differences between Ramadan and their own traditions. Back matter includes a picture glossary, a brief list of resources, and an index. These features add a pedagogical component that many teachers will find useful.
Series Made Simple
Using a controlled vocabulary in an appealing format, these books begin by defining the holidays and explaining their history and significance. They give examples of how they are celebrated and commemorated, such as private and public religious observations, public ceremonies, family celebrations, community and public service projects, and special meals and parties. Each spread contains a few brief sentences and photos of children and families engaging in holiday rituals or drawings of historic events and people. A picture glossary provides definitions. VERDICT Suitable for read-alouds and independent reading, this set will help early primary students learn about the deep historic and cultural roots of our commemorative holidays. A first purchase.