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Best Eid Ever, The

Ages: 7-9
Pages: 32
List Price: $16.95
Cover: Hardcover
Published: 10/1/2007
ISBN: 1-59078-431-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-431-0
It's Eid, and Aneesa should be happy. But her parents are thousands of miles away in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage. To cheer her up, her grandmother gives her a gift of beautiful clothes from Pakistan, one outfit for each of the three days of Eid. She even prepares lamb korma, Aneesa's favorite dinner, which they will enjoy when they return from prayers. At the prayer hall, Aneesa meets two sisters who are not dressed in new clothes for the holiday. Aneesa discovers that the girls are refugees. With their father, they have fled from their war-torn country. Aneesa can't stop thinking about the girls and what Eid must be like for them. That's when Aneesa comes up with a plan to help the girls celebrate Eid and make it the best Eid holiday ever.

Awards

  • Featured in MOSAIC 2007, an annual multicultural literature exhibit hosted by Lincoln (NE) Public Schools Library Media Services. The exhibit featured the best and most current multicultural titles from 2006-2007.
  • Included on the 15th Annual Skipping Stones Honor Awards list.
  • Included in the 2008 edition of The Best Children’s Books of the Year, an annotated bibliography from the Children’s Book Committee of Bank Street College of Education in New York City.
  • Middle East Book Award Honorable Mention --Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC)
  • Storytelling World Resource Awards Honor Book

Reviews

"[A] beautifully composed story... This is a heartwarming tale of a child’s generosity, and Jacobsen’s illustrations flesh out the warmth and tenderness of the characters’ interaction. This is a welcome contribution, giving much-needed visibility to a celebration observed by over ten million people in North America."
     —School Library Journal

"Sweet and heart-tugging."
     —Plain Dealer, The (Cleveland, OH)

"[T]he clearly written story will interest many children, including those who have never heard of this special day. Jacobsen’s pastel-pencil pictures illustrate the story with warmth. Appended are a glossary, a pronunciation guide, and explanations of references that may be unfamiliar to children. By the writer of My Name Is Bilal (2005), this is a welcome addition to holiday collections."
     —Booklist

In the March 2008 issue of Library Media Connection, reviewer Roxanne Welch Mills writes of Asma Mobin-Uddin's The Best Eid Ever:

"After reading this book, children will have a greater appreciation for the Muslim culture and will have no problem realizing that love is an action word. This book would be a nice read-aloud for elementary age children."