I was looking for a book about Eid that my children could relate to. A book with characters who could tell them their story and how people back home celebrate Eid. Amal’s Eid is what we found.
Published by Bharat Babies, and written by Amy Maranvillle, this book is about the tradition of Eid ul Fitr. There are millions of Muslims around the world but not all of them celebrate Eid the same way. We all celebrate according to our culture and the country that we are from.
I am an Indian expat in Saudi Arabia. Although I try to include as many of my country’s culture and tradition, we still do celebrate Eid quite differently from as it is celebrated in India. There are somethings that just cannot be brought here! I like to call our Eid as a fusion Eid, as it takes the culture from here and from back home so that we have our own family traditions now.
If you are an expat or an emigrant living away from home , I am sure you know the struggle that is to try to pass on your culture and traditions to your children.
Bharat Babies publish books about diversity. They are solely run be women and their primary mission is to put good quality diverse books in the hands of children. They have two Ramadan themed books – Amal’s Ramadan and Amal’s Eid, which they were very kind to send to me.
Both the Ramadan themed books are about Amal, a young Bengali Muslim child and his family’s culture of celebrating Ramadan . The story involves his grandparents visit who tell the children stories from their childhood.
We found Amal’s Eid to be very engaging. The narration, as well as the graphics, are very appealing. The bright colors, attention to detail in the book caught my children’s attention very fast and they were full of chatter and comments.
Amal’s Eid introduces Indian (or desi, if you like!) culture to the kids. Although the grandmother talks about her rural upbringing but still, I am sure, many can understand that as relatable. The book touches the topic of traditions too.
My children found it really interesting that the child in the story calls his grandmother as ‘Nani’ which is what most desi children call their maternal grandmothers.
I truly loved the involvement of grandparents into the picture. The story telling, talk about culture and all… it is really a sweet way to emphasis the role of elders in a family and to the imparting of traditions to children.
There is also talk about some Indian food in the book which again, my children enjoyed because, they could relate it to their tradition. My son, particularly, loved the mention of his favorite Gulab Jamun.
Although all Muslims celebrate Eid but we all have different traditions and food specialities. This book nails that. It talks about culture, tradition as well as food. I am sure families from different cultures can read it together and see how Indians celebrate Eid.
Also, at the moment, they are having a Ramadan sale. So get both the books for only $30!
This post is part of the Eid for Kids blog hop from Multicultural Kid Blogs. Read all of the articles below for ideas on celebrating Eid with kids: