Owlkids Aliya's Secret: A Story of Ramadan Owlkids Aliya's Secret: A Story of Ramadan
Owlkids Aliya's Secret: A Story of Ramadan Owlkids Aliya's Secret: A Story of Ramadan

Aliya's Secret: A Story of Ramadan

By Farida Zaman


Publication Date: October 17, 2023

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Ages 4 to 7

A heartwarming celebration of Ramadan, food, and communityRamadan 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.

About the Author

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.

Format: Hardcover with dust jacket

Length: 36 pages

Publisher: Owlkids

Publication Date: October 17, 2023

ISBN: 9781771475648

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