For Kids and Their Grown-Ups: “Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices” by S.K. Ali
Review By Laura Frantz, collection development librarian
This middle grade collection of short stories celebrates the holidays of Eid. Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. Eid-ul-Adha, is the feast of sacrifice and, this year, it takes place today. The stories showcase how Eid observances can vary from family to family and country to country. These #ownvoices tales come to life by sharing the many customs and family traditions that take place during the two holidays.
Some of the standout stories for me include “Perfect” about having to celebrate the day with your “perfect” cousin; “Yusuf and the Great Big Brownie Mistake” about having a baking accident the day of your family gathering; “Kareem Means Generous” and understanding what it means to be a true friend; and “The Feast of Sacrifice” when you are the oldest and have to assume a lot of responsibility, especially for your younger siblings.
The collection includes a story in verse and a graphic novel one, making it engaging and accessible to different readers. Given our current times, this is an uplifting book about holidays and how meaningful they are in our lives.