The Garden of My Imaan by Farhana Zia

gardenThe Garden of My Imaan

By Farhana Zia

192 pages – ages 9+

Published by Peachtree Publishers on April 1, 2013

Aliya has always been shy and she doesn’t want  to call attention to herself. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t wear a hijab in school or fast much during Ramadan. You see, Aliya is Muslim, but her family isn’t strict with following the Muslim rules (her mother believes that Muslim woman can still be modest without wearing a hijab). Then Marwa came to Aliya’s school. Marwa is the exact opposite of Aliya. Marwa has tons of courage, always wears a hijab, and fasts for the whole of Ramadan. Marwa has a lot of confidence in herself. Aliya has been asked to help Marwa out at school because she is new. Aliya isn’t sure how she can help Marwa, who is so confident.

This was a great multi-cultural book. I liked learning new Arabic & Muslim words that were scattered through-out the book. I like how this book talks about two things – it doesn’t matter if you fit in and how bullying effects people. Aliya and Marwa are bullied for being Muslim, and Aliya doesn’t want to stick out at school as being Muslim. Ms. Zia covers both topics wonderfully. I like how Marwa has a simple, but great, way of saying things. She could be a scholar. 🙂 I think a lot of kids can learn from this book.

I give this book 5 out of 5 book worms!

Check out Sue Morris’ review of this book over at Kidlit Reviews click – HERE!fivebooks

Categories: Age 9+

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19 replies

  1. I love Farhana’s work. Thanks for the great review!

  2. This looks like a fantastic book for learning more about another culture, as well as for thinking about fitting in versus not fitting in. Thanks for introducing me to it, Erik!

  3. Excellent choice Erik! It is tough on Muslim children! Although bullying is a theme, it also feels like “being true to yourself” is another theme. Like how one girl helps the other. Great review. I love books like this.

  4. so important, Erik for kids to learn about each other’s cultures.

  5. I love your review, about this beautiful multicultural story. It has so much in it. I will certainly be looking out for this one, a must read for me. Thank you Erik for introducing it to me.

  6. A wonderful choice Erik. I so love books that show other cultures. It sounds like Ms Zia has done a good job of showing differences within a culture as well. This is a book that should be in every school library. I will look out for it myself.

  7. Nice review Erik! I had a feeling you would enjoy this book. Your review was very good. I’m glad you learned a few new things about Muslims. I also did. Oh, thanks for the link!

  8. Well, this is a little different from your usual fare of dragons and fantasy worlds. And a bold choice. But then you are a bold young man! i like the idea of this book. It’s always good to learn about other cultures, especially ones that people are somewhat afraid of. And it sounds like the two girls have a good relationship. i may want to check this one out. Thanks!

  9. This author and title are both unfamiliar to me. Thanks for the great review – I’ll have to check this one out!

  10. This book represents my culture and how my life in school is. Amazing!!! (except the bullying part, people respect me more)

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