Zachariah’s Perfect Day, written by Farrah Qazi and illustrated by Durre Waseem, tells the story of a Muslim boy’s first fasting day during the holy month of Ramadan. It is a wonderful addition to my collection of multicultural children’s books.
The story begins with 12-year old Zachariah waking up and being excited to be old enough to join Muslims around the world in fasting from sunrise to sunset. His family gathers for the Sehri (a pre-dawn meal before fasting) and enjoys the many foods his mother has prepared, including parathas (flatbread) – his favorite. As the family eats, they discuss the importance of fasting and share what they like best about the holiday.
Zachariah’s perfect day continues at school, where he is proud to share his holiday with his friends and teachers. When he arrives back home, he helps his mom cook the iftar (the meal eaten after sunset to break the fast) that includes kebabs, rice, chaat masala, soup, samosas, and more parathas.
Zachariah is honored to be chosen to call the Adhan (the call to prayer) before sitting down to the feast. Zachariah’s perfect day ends with him enjoying time with his family and reflecting on the true meaning of Ramadan.
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for people of all faiths. Understanding cultural and religious celebrations is so important, and books like this are a great way to share that information with children.
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