‘The Most Exciting Eid,’ by Zeba Talkhani, illustrated by Abeeha Tariq.

Eid is a festival which is celebrated by millions of people around the world. You might be looking for a new book which explains what happens on this special day, including traditions, foods and greetings. ‘The Most Exciting Eid’ captures the excitement of the day as seen through the eyes of a young girl called Safa.

“Safa is so excited for Eid-al-Fitr. She loves drawing henna patterns on her hands, decorating her home and munching on biryani, kebabs and samosas. It is the perfect day.

Then the best part comes: she gets to open her presents! She is gifted a shiny pink bicycle. The only thing is she absolutely doesn’t want to share with her cousin, Alissa.

As her mum takes her on an adventure to gift delicious Eid treats to all their neighbours, Safa will realise how wonderful it is to make others happy…and will want to make it up to Alissa.

After all, what makes Eid exciting is sharing special moments with the people we love.”

This is a great introduction to the traditions of the festival and its true meaning. I liked that Safa came to realise Eid was about more than new clothes and delicious food. That what it was actually about was spreading joy to others.

The bold, vibrant images will capture the imaginations of readers and encourage them to draw parallels with religious festivals they might celebrate. There’s also a handy glossary at the back of the book explaining key vocabulary.

I’d recommend this for readers aged 3+

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Scholastic for sending me this title to review*

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