The White Nights of Ramadan by Maha Addasi, illustrated by Ned Gannon
A Muslim family prepares for the fasting holiday of the month of Ramadan. Noor and her two brothers especially look forward to Girgian, a three-day festival that marks the half-way point of the holy month. Because the festival includes the night of a full moon, it’s also called the three ‘white nights,’ a time when children don traditional clothing and visit from neighbor to neighbor in search of special treats. Most importantly, they celebrate the bonds of family and remember to share with those less fortunate.
Review: “TBR’s Editors’ Favorites of 2008,” The Bloomsbury Review, November/December 2008