Sami's Special Gift
An Eid al-Adha Story
by M. O. Yuksel
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Pub Date 16 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 16 Apr 2024
Sami worries that the Eid al-Adha carnival won’t be as fun without Dede (his grandfather), who died recently. Sami’s grandmother sends him one of Dede’s ties, and Sami vows to never take it off.
After going to the mosque for Eid prayer, Sami’s family stop at the shelter where Baba and Anne volunteer. Can an unexpected encounter and a special gift help Sami change his mind about celebrating?
The gift of giving and putting yourself in someone else's shoes shines through in this engaging, poignant holiday story.
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This story is a good effort at explaining the cultural traditions that lie behind the Muslim festival of Eid ul Adha.
Sami is sad, because he recently lost his beloved grandfather, Dede, and it feels wrong for Sami to celebrate without him. But he cheers up when their grandmother Nene sends him his grandfather's tie all the way from Turkiye.
But Eid ul Adha is a festival that celebrates sacrifice and encourages charity and kindness, and soon enough, Sami realises how fortunate he is, and why a willing sacrifice can also bring joy to the giver...
The story is nicely told, and the illustrations are beautiful. The book also allows children to understand better a festival and a community who are widely misunderstood. Highly recommended.
Thank you, Charlesbridge, for the advance reading copy.
I really appreciate picture storybooks like this which gives a clear idea about different cultures with just enough information and good multicultural representation.
The book is about a boy who is going to a carnival and also celebrating Eid al-Adha. The concept of the celebration has been explained and it has been shown with a good example in the book which is making me quite emotional.
Just grab this book. The world needs your love and kindness.
I love learning about different cultures. The Iman teaches about sharing to Sami and his family during a special Muslim holiday. Sami takes this to heart and gives his most special treasure to a new friend. I feel books like this are important to close cultural and religious gaps. I enjoyed reading about and seeing the special foods, too. NetGalley provided me with an ARC to review. This review is my opinion. The illustrations were lovely. At the end of the book it explains this special holiday. Highly recommend.
A story of grief, Eid, and giving, I really enjoyed this children’s story. It showed compassion, kindness, and thinking about honoring those before us. Such a simple but beautiful message - for Muslim children and all readers.
Sami can't imagine celebrating Eid without Dede (Grandfather), until a special gift from Istanbul, Turkiye arrives in the mail. It is the tie that Dede always wore on Eid al-Adha. Feeling comforted and connected to his grandfather, Sami participates in the festivities of the day and looks forward to his favourite one, a family outing to the carnival. But along with celebration comes spiritual obligation. Sami learns about the charitable traditions that structure the holiday and decides to give his very special gift to someone else.
This is a touching story with softly-coloured, detailed illustrations. Holidays can lose their enchantment when loved ones have passed away. For this reason, any child who is adapting to loss in moments of celebration will relate to Sami. While the text introduces Turkish words and culture, the majority of Muslim children will see their own families and communities in the images and events.
Thank you, Netgalley, for providing an advanced reading copy of this special gift.