Aliya’s Secret: A Story of Ramadan



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A heartwarming celebration of Ramadan, food, and community.

Ramadan is coming, and as Abba and Ammi prepare for their month-long fast, Aliya hugs a secret to her chest: she’s going to fast too! Ammi says she’s still too young to fast, but Aliya is determined. At school, she refuses her snack, her lunch—even the cupcakes Sanjay’s mom drops off for his birthday. But when she gets home, she can’t resist Ammi’s sweet, syrupy baklava. Before Aliya can stop herself, she reaches out and takes a big bite.

Aliya is disappointed in herself, but Ammi explains that there are many other ways to celebrate Ramadan besides fasting, like performing acts of kindness! Together, Aliya and her parents spend the month preparing and delivering meals to people in need.

This joyful look at Ramadan is based on the author’s own childhood experiences and is rich with facts and details about the holiday. Readers familiar and unfamiliar with the holiest month in the Islamic calendar will get swept up in the festivities, and perhaps be inspired to share a meal with their community.

AGES: 4 to 7

Farida Zaman is an author and illustrator who has been drawing since she was old enough to pick up a pencil. Her art is influenced by her South Asian roots and from living all over the world. She attended art school in London, England, and now creates picture books, posters, and all kinds of gift products. Farida lives in Toronto, Ontario in a studio filled with leafy plants and light, with her husband, daughter, son and a fluffy dog called Pippa.

• A picture book by author and illustrator Farida Zaman, based on her own childhood Ramadan celebrations
• Examines the month of Ramadan and its traditions from a child’s perspective
• Back matter includes a glossary and an author’s note with further information about the holy month

ISBN: 9781771475648
Format: Hardcover
Publication date: 01/02/2024
RRP: $34.99
Pages: 36
Dimension: 254mm X 229mm
Imprint: Owlkids Books