This linear story works great for toddlers that might not remember what a typical eid day is like, or those that do well to know what to expect. There isn’t a ton of detail, but each page has a sentence or two that move the story from spotting the moon, to putting on new clothes, going for prayers, opening presents, and falling asleep at the end of the day dreaming of next year.
The gentle pictures convey that Eid is a time of family and love, but don’t necessarily convey that chaos and excitement of the day. The kids are smiling, as are their parents, and the interaction is playful and safe. I feel like this book is really ideal for kids with anxiety or that need some reassurance when their daily schedule is altered. For kindergarten kids and older for the most part, I think they might find the book a glorified timeline list. After one reading, I’m sure they will not ask for another nor remember much from the 32 page book.
As seems to be the unwritten rule for books like this, the story is framed through a brother sister duo, however the simplicity of the text doesn’t name them, nor give them any role other then to show what an Eid day is like.
I like that they do go to the mosque and that it remarks that it is a little squished. I also like that it mentions Eid is in summer, and implies that it isn’t always, something that could be discussed with older readers. It doesn’t clarify if it is Eid al Fitr or Eid al Adha, so it would work for both. The hard back binding and size are beautiful and ideal for story time and bedtime.
It isn’t my favorite book, but there is nothing wrong with it. The Muslim Children’s Books publisher seems to have changed the cover, I’m not sure if anything else has changed. The book would be a great addition to a book shelf, or in an Eid basket, but I don’t know that it has the wow-power to be a great stand alone gift or book to generate excitement for the blessed holiday.