Have you ever gotten distracted while your brownies were in the oven - and burned the whole batch? Or maybe your friend’s bike got into an accident so you begrudgingly lent him yours? Perhaps you've dealt with guilt over things in life that were beyond your control. Or had sickness in the family, and took on the difficult task of helping someone close to you participate and find joy in a special day, even when they are not feeling 100%.
Once Upon an Eid is a delightful, uplifting anthology of short stories about topics like these, and more, which kids and adults can enjoy, learn from, and see themselves in. This thoroughly enjoyable book allows the reader to experience Eid through the eyes of a number of different people, of various ages and genders, from different countries and cultural backgrounds. Some stories are lighthearted and funny, others more bittersweet. But even though the stories are all unique, each shows the important role that family and community play in our lives, no matter who we are.
If you're looking for something to elevate your spirits and touch your heart, especially during Ramadan, give this book a try! I listened to the audiobook which features Siiri Scott and Neil Shah and this really brought the characters to life for me, but I'm certain the print version is engaging as well. Even though the stories are fiction, this put me in mind of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books that were popular when I was younger, due to the inspirational and spiritual nature of the stories. I'd recommend this book for 4th grade and up.
Reviewed by Megan M on Apr 8, 2021
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