Back of Book:
Just the thought of Eid makes Amira warm and tingly inside. From wearing new clothes to handing out goody bags at the mosque, Amira can’t wait for the festivities to begin. But when a flier on the fridge catches her eye, Amira’s stomach goes cold. Not only is it Eid, it’s also school picture day. If she’s not in her class picture, how will her classmates remember her? Won’t her teacher wonder where she is? though the day’s celebrations at the mosque are everything Amira was dreaming of, her absence at picture day weighs on her. A last-minute idea on the car ride home might just provide the solution to everything.
I received a copy of this picture book from Holiday House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
“Amira’s Picture Day” Reem Faruqi follows a young girl as she balances her Eid celebrations, without missing her school picture day. Amira and her family sight the Eid Moon and start their Eid prep! Amira is so excited, especially when her mom draws beautiful mehndi on her hands until she sees the flyer that Picture Day is tomorrow. Amira feels torn between enjoying her celebration and missing the fun of picture day with her class. At the masjid, Amira enjoys a wonderful day of delicious food and tons of fun. Still, at the end of the day, Amira feels discouraged that she missed picture day. After the festivities at the Masjid, Amira looks at the leftover goody bags and gets an idea! Her family takes her to the school to pass them out and she makes it just in time for the class picture! This own voice diverse story opens readers’ eyes to the celebration of Eid. The illustrations by Fahmida Azim are bright and detailed. The back of the book includes more information about Eid, as well as a glossary. This is a fantastic book to share in the classroom or at home.
Ages 5 and up