Shalini Vallepur, Eid Al-Adha

Booklife Publishing, 2019, ISBN 978-1-78637-810-1

This is part of Booklife's Celebrate with Me series on religious festivals for key stage 1 children. It is an attractive and clear introduction to Eid al-Adha. The opening page has an appealing photograph - replicated on the cover - of a smiling young girl in a pink headscarf carrying a large soft toy sheep, one thumb up. The strapline at the top, in huge multi-coloured upper case print, says 'Celebrate Eid al-Adha with me!', an immediate indication of the positive tone of the book. The text beneath the photo reads 'Eid Mubharak! That means 'Happy Eid' in Arabic. My name is Marwa and I will tell you how we celebrate Eid al-Adha.' We then see a happy looking family with four children, with a text box above very briefly explaining the importance of the festival. This is followed by short descriptions of Islam and Hajj, illustrated with page-sized photographs. We are told that Eid al-Adha is celebrated at the end of Hajj. A double-page spread tells the story behind the festival. Most of the remainder of the book shows how it is celebrated, including information about sacrifices, food and gifts. These are the words in the final text box: 'I hope that you have had a lot of fun learning about Eid al-Adha and how we celebrate it. Maybe there are some Eid al-Adha celebrations in your area?' There is a clear contents list, an index and a useful glossary. This well produced book will be a valuable addition to libraries and classrooms.