Maha with Time to Pray and her first book, The White Nights of Ramadan.
Recently I attended a booksigning at my local Barnes & Noble for Maha Addasi’s new picture book, Time to Pray (Boyds Mills Press, 2010).
You may remember that I featured it in a special Soup of the Day post this past summer. This is a lovely story about Yasmin, who learns how to pray while visiting her grandmother in the Middle East. It’s beautifully illustrated with Ned Gannon’s oil paintings, which showcase the intricate geometric patterns and earth tones of Arab architecture.
No booksigning is complete without a little chocolate!
I picked up an extra copy and had Maha sign it for one lucky alphabet soup reader! Time to Pray would make a wonderful holiday gift or a welcome donation to any school library. High quality picture books about Arab/Islamic culture are rare and in high demand by educators. Time to Pray is a wonderful introduction to Salah, the five times a day worship practiced by Muslims, and will help satisfy the curiosity of American children. The bond between Yasmin and her grandmother makes for a warm, satisfying story that’s not in the least bit didactic, and it resonates on a universal level.
For a chance to win a signed copy of Time to Pray, simply leave a comment here no later than midnight (EST), Sunday, December 12th. You can also enter by emailing me: readermail (at) jamakimrattigan (dot) com, with "Time to Pray Giveaway" in the subject line. Extra entries for tweeting, blogging, or Facebooking (just let me know in the comments). Open to U.S. residents only.
"Familiarizing Islamic prayer through realistic fiction makes this a fine choice for most collections." ~ School Library Journal.
"A girl’s visit to her grandmother in an unnamed Middle Eastern town introduces her to her spiritual heritage in this visually arresting tale, which subtly addresses the challenges and importance of passing on faith traditions from one generation to the next." Publishers Weekly
♥ Click here to read my Soup of the Day review, which includes spreads from the book.
♥ This post is brought to you by Fajr, the first, pre-dawn prayer of the day.
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