Review: Once Upon an Eid

Once Upon an Eid is a middle grade anthology centered on the experience, meaning, and feeling of Eid. Fifteen Muslim authors across the cultural spectrum contribute short stories that highlight the diversity within the Muslim community. In addition to short stories, Once Upon an Eid includes a comic and poetry. This anthology is the first of its kind in children’s literature (to my knowledge), and hopefully marks the start of many more like it to come.

Once Upon an Eid is edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed with art by Sara Alfageeh. Authors included in this anthology are: Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Aisha Saeed, Asmaa Hussein, S.K. Ali, Candice Montgomery, Rukhsana Khan, Hena Khan, G. Willow Wilson, N.H. Senzai, Ashley Franklin, Hanna Alkaf, Huda Al-Marashi, Ayesha Mattu, and Randa Abdel-Fattah.

Once Upon an Eid is a heartwarming and uplifting collection of stories that celebrates the diversity of Muslims. Though cultures and traditions may be varied, the spirit of Eid shines brightly throughout the anthology. The stories serve as a window to educate those unfamiliar with Eid. But Muslim readers will find understanding and connections within the pages.

Young readers will discover important lessons and themes at the heart of each tale that embody the ideals of Eid and Islam. The #ownvoices perspective of each author amplifies the uniqueness and authenticity of this collection. A piece of artwork precedes each story that beautifully captures the emotions and messages conveyed in each respective narrative.

Once Upon an Eid pulled at my heartstrings. It made me cry with its honest representation of Muslims and their experiences. But most of all, it left me in a state of pure joy that this exceptional anthology exists for all to appreciate.

Readers of all ages and backgrounds will enjoy Once Upon an Eid with its engaging stories, delightful characters, and its universal message of hope and joy in honoring a beloved holiday.

Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices releases on May 5th, 2020. It is available for preorder from any retailer of your choice.

 

Thank you to Abrams Kids for providing us an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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