The Moon of Dehradun by Shirin Shamsi
📚 The Moon of Dehradun: A Story of Partition 📚
Author: Shirin Shamsi
Illustrator: Tarun Lak
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers @SimonKids
Islamic Content: Adhan is included
Azra and her family have rushed to leave their home in Dehradun to find safety in a new place. She forgets Gurya, her doll and cannot go back for her. The journey is tiring and long but the one thing that seems to tag along in this journey is the Moon.
Wow. What a powerful book this is. The story is incredibly moving. It is written in the point of view of the protagonist, Azra and her voice comes through so naturally. She can see and hear the instability happening outside her home and she knows that their days in their home are numbered. The illustrations, are just so remarkable and the colour tones definitely set the whole mood for this story. The symbolism of the adhan when Azra and her family leave Dehradun compared to when they arrive in their new home, it is so touching. My 5 year old daughter what very invested in it when I read it to her. As an adult, I really appreciated the informative backmatter that was included in this book. It gave me so much historical insight about the Partition, which I knew very little about. I really love this story and it is a necessary read in Muslim spaces.