Zachariah’s Perfect Day: A Book Review

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.

Zachariah review

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.

paratha

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.

To order the book, click here.

9 Comments

  1. Lisa Lewis, MD on April 4, 2016 at 11:08 am

    This sounds like a lovely story. It’s nice to see that Zachariah’s day was perfect! I am sure younger children will love to see him as a role model.

  2. L.J. (@LongGiangLe) on April 6, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Thank you Farrah for creating the story and character of Zachariah.

    Fr. Joel Rippinger assures me that Marmion Academy is the proud owner of the book Zachariah’s Perfect Day in the school library to augment the academy’s interfaith studies collection.

    Understanding Zachariah and Islam is part of what Marmion stands for: “To believe in God, and to strive for God”.

  3. Beth @ Pages and Margins on April 20, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    What a wonderful review! If you’re interested, we’d love for you to link up this post (or any other that features diverse kid lit) with the Diverse Children’s Books Link-up! You can find it at http://pagesandmargins.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/diverse-childrens-books-link-up/. Thanks!

  4. Marjorie on April 25, 2016 at 5:43 am

    I’m so glad Beth pointed you to the Diverse Children’s Books linky – this sounds a wonderful book.

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