Lailah's Lunchbox

Lailah's Lunchbox : A Ramadan Story

4.23 (766 ratings by Goodreads)
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Lailah solves her problem with help from the school librarian and her teacher and in doing so learns that she can make new friends who respect her beliefs. This gentle, moving story from first-time author Reem Faruqi comes to life in Lea Lyon's vibrant illustrations. Lyon uses decorative arabesque borders on intermittent spreads to contrast the ordered patterns of Islamic observances with the unbounded rhythms of American school days.

Fountas & Pinnell Level N
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 234 x 264 x 10mm | 407g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0884484319
  • 9780884484318
  • 90,375

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Notable Features Ramadan will be celebrated June 18-July 17, 2015. Addresses feelings of being "different." A child confronts her fears and finds new acceptance. An excellent resource for helping children understand Islamic culture A realistic depiction of a contemporary American family A great jumping-off point for discussions about traditions
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Review quote

"If you're looking for an introduction to Ramadan for young readers (ages 5 to 8), consider this picture book. On the first year she is able to participate in Ramadan, Lailah finds herself in a new country, far from her native Abu Dhabi. She is excited to fast, but nervous that her classmates will not understand. With the help of a teacher and a librarian, she learns how she can explain Ramadan to her fellow students and make friends who are respectful of her culture." -- Concepcion de Leon - New York Times "A lovely classroom-friendly introduction to the Muslim month of fasting!" -- Ruhksana Khan, award-winning author and storyteller
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About Reem Faruqi

Reem Faruqi based this book on her own experiences as a

young Muslim girl immigrating to the United States. She

lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Lea Lyon is an award-winning children's book illustrator, painting
teacher, and portrait artist who has made a

childhood dream come true. Lea
loved to draw and paint as a child, and she wanted to be a children's book
illustrator. She ended up raising a
family, going back to school for an MBA, and working in the corporate world,
but she kept painting. Now, at long last, Lea is a children's book illustrator
with five published picture books: Say

Something, Playing War, Keep Your Ear on the
Ball (all with Tilbury), The Miracle Jar and Operation Marriage. She lives in
Richmond, California.
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Rating details

766 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
5 39% (300)
4 47% (359)
3 12% (93)
2 1% (10)
1 1% (4)
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