cover image Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story

Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story

Hena Khan, , illus. by Julie Paschkis. . Chronicle, $16.99 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-8118-6062-8

A new moon is in the sky, and Yasmeen, identified on the jacket as a seven-year-old Pakistani-American, knows that it is time for the holidays of Ramadan and Eid. As Khan (How to Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say, and Get What You Want ) and Paschkis (Glass Slip per, Gold Sandal ) follow Yasmeen through all the festivities (a family backyard barbecue, a visit to a mosque, a henna hand-painting), they portray Muslims as another vibrant thread in the great American tapestry, emphasizing the bonds of family, community and spirituality rather than details of a particular belief system (for example, Yasmeen's mother explains that the customary fasting “helps me remember to be grateful for the food I have and to be more patient”). Paschkis, borrowing from the arabesque motifs and jeweled colors of Islamic art, portrays the Muslim community as warm, welcoming and multi-ethnic (for non-Muslim youngsters, the idea that Islam is practiced by many different kinds of people may be revelatory). Sweet and visually striking, this is a good choice both for children who celebrate these holidays and for others seeking a bridge to their culture. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)