Magid Fasts for Ramadan

by Mary Matthews and E.B. Lewis

During the month of Ramadan, practicing Muslims fast each day between sunrise and... read more

During the month of Ramadan, practicing Muslims fast each day between sunrise and sunset. This year, seven- year-old Magid wants to fast, too, but his parents say he is too young. Determined to fast anyway, Magid gets permission from Mama to skip breakfast each day and then secretly gives his lunch to the geese in the irrigation ditch behind his house. But he comes to discover that fasting is far more difficult than he imagined and, more importantly, that honesty is as important as devotion. While Magid's mother would not have kept her head covered in the house as the full-color illustrations depict, this is nonetheless a welcome story set in Egypt about a contemporary Muslim family. (Ages 6-9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1996

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