#5 BOOK REVIEW: ONCE UPON AN EID

TITLE: ONCE UPON AN EID: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices
PUBLISHER: AMULET BOOKS
PAGE: 272 PAGES
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MY THOUGHT

Aww, such a sweet and cute story!! MashaAllah. It’s like I’m turning back into a kid somehow because of the joyous celebration. What a mistake if I didn’t request this. And I am so happy that I did.

All in all, this is my new experience of reading multiple stories on Muslims in one book. And as a Muslim in Malaysia, I didn’t even know what it’s like for another Muslims across the world. I am super excited to learn the Arabi, Pakistani, American, Mandinka Muslim’s way and many more including their tradition on that occasion, clothes – Lapa, Kameez, Abaya (in Malaysia we wear either Baju Kurung for woman and Baju Melayu for male and of course simple abaya),and food, not just in my own compartment.

Don’t get me started with the mouthwatering foods mentioned in this book, which had me fantasize a lot. I never eat or heard of them, except chicken biryani and brownies (which our house don’t unusually bake during the Eid), such as Lontong, Ka’ak, Lentil Stew, Falafel, Hummus, Fried Plantains, Jollof Rice, Gulab Jamun, Bean Pie, and so on. I’ll just stop there before I break someone fast.

I don’t even know Chaand Raat was another name for Eid ul-Fitr for Muslim in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India until I read this book. New input indeed.

This book didn’t fail to make me laugh too. The sujood scene. Also when Hanna Alkaf insert the agak-agak phrase. So now everyone knows what’s Malaysian mom was like.

what I’m reading is eARC, therefore, the arts are not finalized yet but I bet it would look wonderful. The 15 stories, each incredibly intact with their own unique storyline to spark the joy of Eid celebration was very heartwarming. I’m sure kids can understand the language and it’s definitely relatable to the adult, with a simple explanation and words of wisdom of why Muslims fast, what time, the benefit, and do and don’t – beautifully communicated by the characters. Overall it’s an incredible book. Go ahead and buy a copy.

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Publisher for giving me an excess in exchange for an honest review.

RATING: 5/5 🌟

2 Comments

  1. When you mentioned the food names, especially the one we know, my mind went wild with imagination 😂 And even though I have no idea what the other foods look and taste like, I bet they’re all delicious! And what an informative read! That sounds like a really great book to teach younger ones about Ramadan not only in their own countries, but others too 😊

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    1. Thank you, Aina. I’m so grateful that with this book I got to taste the unusual uniqueness that Eid brings from all parts of the world. Ahaha, when I read the book I didn’t know the foods as well and have no idea what they look like and when I do, so delicious!! 😋. Yes, kids would surely admire the simpleness.

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