Magid Fasts for Ramadan (Hardcover)
It is the first day of Ramadan, the month when good Muslims eat nothing and drink nothing all day, every day, from sunrise to sunset. Mama and Baba have told Magid he isn't old enough to fast, but even Magid's sister, Aisha, is fasting, and Magid doesn't want to wait. Set in present-day Egypt, Magid Fasts for Ramadan satisfyingly recounts Magid's struggle and its surprising and happy resolution, and offers an illuminating introduction to the beliefs and practices of Islam.
"Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in the U.S., but books about it, especially contemporary stories, are scarce. In this illustrated beginning chapter book, Magid, a boy of eight, wants to fast during the month of Ramadan like the rest of the family. . . . The book tackles some serious questions about what religion requires, while demonstrating a warm family life that will have universal appeal. The book is heavily illustrated with very nice watercolor art that expands the text. A brief introduction to Islam and a glossary are appended." Booklist, ALA
"A fine offering that explores a holiday unfamiliar to many American children." Horn Book
"An interesting look at an Egyptian Muslim family's celebration of Ramadan through the eyes of eight-year-old Magid. . . . Lewis's watercolors blend well with the text and give readers an accurate sense of character, location, and cultural tradition as well as a skillful portrayal of emotional nuance through facial expressions and physical stances. . . . This is a refreshing visit to a '90s Muslim family that accurately represents Islamic practice and the spiritual reasons behind it. . . . Magid is an amiable ambassador for his faith." School Library Journal