The Month that Makes the Year

Inda Ahmad Zahri

Exploring Ramadan through the eyes of a Muslim child, this graceful and authentic story illuminates the sense of belonging to both the community and the universe that this month of fasting, prayer and reflection brings, as well as the sense of accomplishment that springs from sacrifice.

This month is different from the others.
It starts with the sighting of a new crescent moon.
‘Slow down, be kind to yourself and think good thoughts.’
This month, we learn to do big things by changing one little thing at a time …

It’s the first time for Deenie, the youngest member of a Muslim family, to fast during Ramadan. She comes across some challenges, but by the end of the month, she learns that there is a lot more to Ramadan than giving up food and water.

A warm and joyful story offering children the chance to see themselves or their friends in the celebration of the spiritual practice of Ramadan.

Picture Books

Inda Ahmad Zahri

Inda Ahmad Zahri writes and illustrates stories that celebrate culture and nature and are often imbued with her fervent wish for a kinder world. Originally from Malaysia, she now splits her time between her home in Australia and the Middle East. Inda’s debut book, Salih, was a Notable Book in the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Awards. The Month That Makes The Year is her first author-illustrator title. Inda also works as a surgeon.

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The Month that Makes the Year
World Translation
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Turkish (Profil Kitap)
Carey Schroeter