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Under the Ramadan Moon

Press: Perfection Learning (March 1, 2011)
Author Name:Whitman, Sylvia; Williams, Sue;


We wait for the moon.We watch for the moon.We watch for the Ramadan moon.We give to the poor, and read Qur_an, under the moon.We live our faith, until next yearunder the moon, under the moon, under the Ramadan moon.Ramadan is one of the most special months of the Islamic year, when Muslims pray, fast, and help those in need. 
Sylvia Whitman's lyrical story, with luminous illustrations by Sue Williams, serves as an introduction to Ramadan_a time for reflection and ritual with family and friends.
A detailed note about Ramadan is included

From Booklist

This simple picture book celebrates the coming of Ramadan and shows a family’s activities taking place “under the moon, under the moon, under the Ramadan moon.” Though the rhythm varies a bit, the title phrase is repeated in slightly varied forms throughout the text. 
Large, lyrical pictures on double-page spreads illustrate lines such as “We speak kind words / and stop bad habits / under the moon,” or “We give to the poor / and read Qur’an / under the moon,” and “We hang bright lights / and bake sweet treats / under the Ramadan moon.” In a series of satisfying scenes with glowing colors and rounded forms, the artwork, apparently done in pastels, warmly depicts a family’s activities at home and at the mosque. The appended author’s note provides background information about Ramadan’s significance as a serious yet happy time for Muslims.
A handsome, family-centered Ramadan picture book for young children.
Preschool-Grade 2.
--Carolyn Phelan

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


"A handsome, family-centered Ramadan picture book for young children."Booklist"This delightful picture book describes the month long Muslim observance of Ramadan by a modern family.""A worthy addition to any children's library."Horn Book Guide

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

This lyrical picture book describes the monthlong Muslim observance of Ramadan by a modern family.

About the Author

I'm a wide-ranging writer with a particular interest in American and Arab history. 
My first picture book is Under the Ramadan Moon (Albert Whitman--no relation, September 2008.SUE WILLIAMS is the author of the acclaimed picture books I Went Walking and Let’s Go Visiting, as well as Dinnertime! She lives in Adelaide, Australia, where she is also an editor and publisher of children’s books.


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Comment List (Total:18)

  •     When I first purchased the book, I was excited that it would have a good "song-like" structure that I could use to teach my 2 year old daughter about Ramadan. Well, I can't get a good rhythm because on some pages it'll use "under the moon, under the moon, under the Ramadan moon" and others only "under the Ramadan moon". I don't know, I can't explain it well, but I've used song-like reading for my daughter for almost all her books and that has helped her develop interest in Islamic and other books. This one was hard to do the same with.That said, the book has grown on me. It has a good sequence of events (the start of the Ramadan moon, and the moon indicating end of Ramadan, and everything in between) and teaches good morals to the children like giving charity and being kind etc. My daughter likes looking at it because the art is fabulous. She loves the mother/daughter swing picture, the owl in the tree, the people praying in the mosque, the daughter baking,...etc, etc. The only one page she can't identify with the picture is where the teen is cleaning up his room (fixing bad habits); she keeps saying "making a mess!!"

  •     perfect for kids

  •     Simple poem for my 7 year old son

  •     Lovely and understandable story about Ramadan .

  •     I bought it for my classroom to keep it a bit more culturally balanced. It's repetitive and cute, great for little kids.

  •     Books about Ramadan are a few and with it being such a limited genre, this book fails to deliver in my opinion.

  •     My kids love this book. We love any book that has to do with Islam as there are very few that are of good quality and I want my kids to relate to the stories they read as young Muslims. The illustrations are great as well. The story line is very simple and an easy read for beginning readers.

  •     Good book my daughter enjoyed it. Reason for 2 stars needed some excitement.

  •     It's nice for younger kids, maybe toddlers etc since it is very repetitive.

  •     Simple way of teaching kids about Ramadan.

  •     Lovely book

  •     I'm gonna go with "good effort" on this one. Definitely for the under 3 set as far as information goes. Written in somewhat of the same style of the "Goodnight Moon" series with the repetition. This isn't a bad book, but I think it could have been done better. I found myself eliminating half of the repetition as I was reading it to my 3 and 5 yr old. Giving 4 stars because the language and illustration was perfect. And let's face it, there's not much out there that's done this well.

  •     This is a great book for ages 0-6 I'd say. It's very simple & lyrical. My daughter took it to share w/ her (non-Muslim) kindergarten class & the teacher loved it so much we bought her a copy to add to her classroom library.

  •     i actually bought it for my son who is a pre schooler but when his teacher borrowed it she asks me if she can keep it, she said it was simple enough for the kids to understand as she likes to read about different cultures and special occasion to her class

  •     With all the anti-Muslim hatred in the world, I was looking for a way to introduce Muslim-positive concepts to my toddlers. We're not a religious family. I believe in teaching my children tolerance and curiosity towards all people and faiths. This book was perfect. I love the simple concepts and the repetition. My children enjoy the illustrations of the moon, the swing, the animals... The book does not assume the reader is Muslim or that the reader will be celebrating Ramadan. Some of the illustrations depict women wearing a hijab and some do not. I wanted to introduce my children to different types of religious clothing. This book will be a great springboard for future conversations about religion, respect and difference. This would be a wonderful book for school and childcare libraries as well as storybook collections of families from all different faiths and religious perspectives.

  •     I read this book during Ramadan with my six year old. She loved it and many of the words were simple enough for her to read it along with me. We loved the illustrations and discussed what different Muslim cultures do during Ramadan. Thank you for this book.

  •     Love this simple book for children explaining Ramadan and the traditions associated. We are not Muslim, but enjoy learning about different cultures and thought this was a great introduction for young children.

  •     Best book to teach kids about Ramadan


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