Eid and the Moon Bangles by Sara Khan
📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚
Title: Eid and the Moon Bangles
Author: Sara Khan @sarakhancreations
Islamic Content: Generosity
When Zoya overhears Huma's conversation with her mother about not being able to purchase the Moon bangles she likes, after they left, Zoya decides to buy the bangles and is on a hunt to find Huma. Hoping to run into her at the masjid after Eid prayers or at the market Zoya loses hope. Finally, the girls see each other at the local orphanage where they both visit with their families on every Eid and Zoya learns an important lesson.
This story is set in India and follows Zoya and her determination to be generous on the day of Eid. The story begins by sighting the new moon which indicates the end of Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr. Nothing overtly religious in the story, just mentions chand raat (night of the moon), Ramadan, Eid and Eid Mubarak. The story covers generosity as an act of gift-giving to the loved ones as well as helping the needy. Although the concept and the idea is very valuable for kids to explore. The story itself is okay, for the most part, but I am still not sure how relatable our kids will find the idea of orphanages in children's books. Visual appeal plays a huge role in having the little ones pick up a book multiple times for reading, however, I didn't find them to be captivating for my kids. I really wish it would have included the concept of Allah's rewards tied into it instead of emphasizing the feelings of the giver. Some parts of the text could have been condensed into one or two sentences. Overall, it's a valuable lesson for the readers.