It’s the first day of Ramadan, and George is celebrating with his friend Kareem and his family. George helps Kareem with his first fast and joins in the evening celebration of tasting treats and enjoying a special meal. Then, George helps make gift baskets to donate to the needy, and watches for the crescent moon with the man in the yellow hat. Finally, George joins in the Eid festivities to mark the end of his very first Ramadan.
Age Range: Recommended age 3+
Author: H. A. Rey and
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Brdbk edition
What to expect: Kindness, friendship, charity, simple,rhymes, colorful and engaging.
George joins his friend Kareem as he tries to fast Ramadan for the first time, George helps him by keeping him busy during the day. As always, George’s curiosity gets him into trouble. While helping Kareem prepare food baskets (for charity) at the mosque, he sees a shelf full of shoes that the mosque visitors removed before entering the sacred space. He decides to give them away and add it to the food basket but the mosque imaam stops him.
It’s Ramadan, Curious George is written in a simple manner and introduces the basics of Ramadan such as waking up for sahuur, breaking fast at sunset, and doing good deeds. The book which features a popular character, does a wonderful job of capturing the beauty of Ramadan while relating to children from all faiths.
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