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!