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The White Nights of Ramadan Hardcover – 6 Nov 2008

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press; Library Binding edition (6 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590785231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590785232
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 22.9 x 29.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,121,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Noor lives in a country near the Arabian (Persian) Gulf. She's looking forward to the festival known as Girgian that comes in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan. These middle days are known as 'the three whites', because they include the day of the full moon and day before and after. It's when children, dressed in traditional clothes, go from house to house collecting treats from their neighbors. From the moment that Noor sees the full moon rising, signalling the coming of Girgian, she and her brothers, Dan and Sam, prepare for the fun.Dan swings his special Ramadan lantern, singing, 'Girgian! O Girgian! Candy! O Candy!' Sam bangs on his drum. Noor tries on her fancy dress. Together, Noor and her brothers decorate the bags they will carry to collect the candies. But along with the fun, Noor remembers the true meaning of Ramadan: spending time with family and sharing with those less fortunate. Maha Addasi's bright and happy story, richly illustrated by Ned Gannon, captures the merriment of a festive holiday and the greatest joy of all - the joy of giving.

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This book and its illustrations convey the excitement of the Girgian festival during Ramadan! 14 Jun 2009
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Noor's face was lit with excitement as she peered out the window at the moon. "It's almost time," she said to herself just before she ran to tell her brothers Sam and Dan. The moon was almost full and Girgian was almost upon them. The boys gave each other a high five and started yelling about all the candy they would get at the Girgian festival. Sam pretended to be a musaher. Bang, bang! The musaher beat his drum every morning during Ramadan to make sure people would wake up for the suhoor meal just before dawn. If they were lucky, he would even leave him a gift. Noor was old enough to fast, but her brothers were still too young.

Noor reminded them that they still needed to make the candy. Everyone in the family worked on this special project. Noor, grandmother, grandfather, her mother and father made the candy. Once it was done they all wrapped it up and tied "colorful ribbons around each cluster." This was something the boys could help with. Next Noor and her brothers had to decorate their own bags so they could collect some candy the following evening after iftar. She told them, "Beautiful bags mean more candy!" Soon it would be time to get on her beautiful dress, the one she would wear on Girgian. Ramadan was great fun, but her grandmother reminded her "that the true meaning of Ramadan is spending time with family and sharing with those less fortunate." She would hardly be able to sleep just thinking about the coming excitement!

This is a beautiful and very special glimpse of Ramadan from a young woman's point of view. The impressive illustrations and the text convey the excitement of the Girgian festival. This book is the perfect choice to introduce another culture to children or for Muslim children to celebrate and rejoice in their own religious holiday season. This would be a wonderful read aloud and discuss book in any homeschool or classroom setting!
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Wonderful story about such a lovely tradition! 19 Oct 2012
By Rishm Najm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favorite children's book about Ramadan. Every Ramadan I start scouring for kids books to read to my daughter, and often to her class at school, that will give a little glimpse into the tradition of Ramadan, as well as a good story--not always easy to come by. This book is a perfect combination. The book talks about a lovely tradition from another part of the world that I had never known about. My 6 year old daughter loves the story and enjoys reading it with me every Ramadan.
Loved the story line 10 Nov 2014
By Pen Name - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Loved the story line. As a muslim I never knew of the tradition some muslim countries have during Ramadan. However, When I first started fasting, my parents did buy me gift on my first day of Ramadan and pampered me through the whole month. But I really liked this tradition of celebrating as a community. Beautiful illustrations. So much reminded of my own childhood, family unit, and Iftar Rituals during month of Ramadan
Nice story 24 Feb 2012
By All smilez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book for young children and even adults. I love to learn about different cultural practices of eids and the like, and I love that my niece can read that there are muslims around the world.
Critique 4 Nov 2008
By Judi G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Though not a Moslem, I think it is important that we understand other cultures. I especially liked the illustrations for this book-in my opinion (biased as it may be), they "made" the book. I appreciated the colors and lighting effects, as well as the images themselves. I hope this artist does more books in the future!
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