Nabeel’s New Pants: An Eid Tale
by Fawzia Gilani-Williams, illustrated by Proiti Roy
TeenReader here, filling in for MotherReader to review the “N” book, Nabeel’s New Pants. It is the story of a man named Nabeel going to buy his family and himself some new clothes for Eid. He buys himselfs a lovely pair of pants — the only drawback being that they are four fingers too long. He is sure that he can find someone to shorten them in time for Eid, but that proves harder that he thought.
This book, aside from being a delightful embarkation into another culture, wouild be enjoyable to read at story time. Nabeel, after buying too-long pants, proceeds to ask his mother to shorten them. When she cannot, I was afraid it was going to become one of those books where the author fills page after page with the same dialogue and substituted names (a feat only achieved successfully in The Grouchy Ladybug). But it managed to pull away well before annoyance ensued and embark on the rest of what so many books lack nowadays: the plot.
This is a great book to read just for fun or to learn a bit about another culture. It would go perfectly with a sewing kit or a pretty set of bangles, or look for more Ways to Give a Picture Book or over a hundred other Ways to Give a Book this holiday season.
The Letter N
Book: The Gift of Nothing, by Patrick McDonnell, or Let’s Do Nothing! by Tony Fucile
Book: Our Nest, by Reeve Lindbergh, or The Perfect Nest, by Catherine Friend
Rhyme: “Little Birdie”
Little birdie in your nest.Book: The Napping House, by Audrey Wood
Little birdie it’s time to rest.
When the sun comes out to play.
Little birdie — fly away!
Song: “Brother John”
Book: The Longest Night, by Marion Dane Bauer
Book: 1000 Times No, by Tom Warburton (If you’re feeling brave enough to try the numerous ways to say one word in many, many ways.)
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