Thursday, July 22, 2010

Nabeel's New Pants: An Eid Tale

Nabeel's New Pants: An Eid Tale
retold by Fawzia Gilani-Williams; illustrated by Proiti Roy
(Marshall Cavendish Children) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library

Tomorrow is Eid, the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Nabeel the shoemaker has finally finished selling shoes and wants to buy gifts for his family to celebrate the coming holiday. He goes to Hamza's clothes shop and finds beautiful gifts for his wife, mother, and daughter. The shopkeeper asks Nabeel if he might need a new pair of pants for the holiday. Nabeel agrees, but the only pair left is a pair that is four fingers too long. The shopkeeper is unable to shorten them, but suggests that Nabeel ask his wife. He agrees and heads home to talk to his wife. Unfortunately, Yasmeen is busy cooking biryani and unable to mend her husband's pants. Nabeel asks other family members, but they are also busy cooking for the holiday. He mends the pants himself, but does not tell his family. His family's appreciation of Nabeel's gifts leads to more mending of the pants which leads to a humorous situation the next day.

Our social studies curriculum in North Carolina for kindergarten and first grade includes the studying of different holidays and cultures. Nabeel's Pants would be a choice if you were looking for a book tied to Ramadan and/or have students who are Muslim. It would also add to the diversity of your folktale collection as well.

Other reviews of Nabeel's New Pants:
A Year of Reading
Through the Looking Glass
Kids Lit

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