I’m Fasting This Ramadan
– by Zeneefa Zaneer
I’m Fasting This Ramadan is a cute picture book that children will relate to, especially the first-time fasters.
In the story, Sakeena, a little girl, is excited to have her first fast. She sees her father, mother, and sister fasting and wants to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet. Would she complete her fast or would her olfactory and visual senses of the table spread win her over?
The family’s support and motivation for the little girl reminds me of our endeavors with my six year old son who had started fasting this year.
The following is his book review:
Sakeena is like me! Her elder sister encouraged her, just like my elder brother encouraged me. I will also fast as much as possible.
The author Zeneefa Zaneer vividly captures the mundane activities and the plight of Sakeena who every now and then forgets she is fasting. The hand drawn illustrations by the author’s 12 year old niece, Afra Anas, is impressive and captivates the young and old.
I highly recommend this book to children of 5 to 8 years of age.
Ramadan without Daddy
– by Misbah Akhtar
Have you ever wondered how would Ramadan be for kids who are raised by a single parent? How would the children of divorced parents welcome Ramadan? Or would there be less to no celebration at all?
I never thought about it until Djarabi Kitabs Publishing gave me a copy of Ramadan without Daddy to review.
This debut novel by Misbah Akhtar, a single mother of 4, touches upon the life of Khadijah and her brother Danyal who live with their recently divorced mother. Right from the first page the author had me crying out of empathy for the kids whilst they were having a casual conversation on when daddy would return home. She beautifully uses an analogy portraying why a divorce takes place and how it may be the right choice for some families.
Ramadan without Daddy gives an insight into the world of innocent children who are made to be strong in light of the changes in their family.