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Nabeel's New Pants: An Eid Tale

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Celebrate the Eid holiday with a pair of pants made with love.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Two Lions
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Janet Luch
Jun 25, 2016 Janet Luch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multicultural
This is similar to folktales told in many countries. Nabeel bought new trousers that were four fingers too long for him. He asked his wife, mother and daughter to hem them for him but they all said they were all too busy. Therefore, Nabeel cut four fingers from the bottom each leg and hemmed them himself. After thinking about it, his wife, mother and daughter each decided to help Nabeel too. When Nabeel put on his new trousers for Ramadan they were too short!
The drawings are colorful and appeal
Feb 04, 2016 Salsabrarian rated it really liked it
A charming story about love, family and caring about each other, and an entertaining choice for older storytime kids. Nabeel buys a pair of new pants to celebrate Eid but they are "four fingers too long." In turn, he asks his wife, mother and daughter to help him hem his pants but everyone is too busy preparing for Eid. Finally Nabeel hems his own pants four fingers short. But each woman also manages to find time to hem the pants until finally on the day of Eid, the pants now hang just below Nab ...more
I came across this book on several lists of books for Ramadan. Unfortunately I didn’t discover until looking for a description of the story, the book appears to be out of print. That is very unhelpful for a lot people who may want to buy the book and I think for that reason I can’t exactly recommend it. It really irks me when bloggers recommend books that aren’t readily available. The fact that this is out of print after nine years tells me it wasn’t a great seller. Another problem, a problem th ...more
Jun 10, 2010 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Nabeel had a busy day selling shoes, now he was ready to buy his family gifts for Eid. He purchased a burqa for his wife, a dupatta for his mother, and bangles for his daughter. On his way out, the shopkeeper recommended that Nabeel buy himself some new pants since his were worn and patched. Nabeel agreed, but the only pants there were 4 fingers too long. Once he got home, Nabeel gave his wife her gift but she was too busy to shorten his pants for him. His mother was given her gift, but she was ...more
Kelsey Drake
Oct 21, 2012 Kelsey Drake rated it liked it
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I very much enjoyed reading Nabeel's New Pants: An Eid Tale. I am always interested and perplexed at the changes made when a book is originally published elsewhere in the world and then brought to the States. Nabeel's New Pants was originally published in 2007 in Chennai, India in both English and Hindi under the title Ismat's Eid. Not having access to an original copy, I am unsure what else has been changed -- in addition to the title and the main character's name. I consider the changes sad. T ...more
Oct 19, 2013 Bdalton rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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Emily  Nuttall
May 03, 2014 Emily Nuttall rated it really liked it
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Nebeel's New Pants was a fun tale that showed the love among an Indian family through a funny mishap with a pair of pants as the family prepares for Eid. This book gives readers, particularly those who may not be familiar with the culture, a glimpse into the culture of this Indian family. Some themes in this book is family, love, and kindness towards others. This book would be great for students in the primary grades.
This is a charming book about Eid, the name for holiday for Muslims. Nabeel goes the tailor and buys gifts for his wife, mother and daughter for Eid. The tailor invites him to buy something for himself but he only has one pair of pants which are 4 fingers too long. The tailor says he is too busy and suggests Nabeel's wife might be able to shorten them. It seems the women in Nabeel's life are too busy readying the house for Eid to help him so he decides to do it himself. What happens then is very ...more
Mar 06, 2011 Esther rated it liked it
Interest Level: 2nd-4th Grade

Book about the end of Ramadan and how Nabeel goes to get pants but they are too long so he hems them and so does everyone else. This book covers various events and places that Nabeel takes part in and goes to. The illustrations are overly vibrant and somewhat distracting the story of caring and service to one another. Also, this story really focuses on the pants and gift-getting and gift-giving aspects of Eid. It is nice that glossary is at the beginning of the story
Aug 06, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, childrens, 2013
This is a cute and funny little story about a Muslim family that loves each other preparing for the holiday of Eid by exchanging gifts and cooking food. This particular book didn't go into the religious aspect of Eid but that's okay with me. How many non-religious children's books about Christmas are there? Tons. I don't think every book about a different culture than mine needs to go into a ton of detail. I did appreciate that there is a glossary of terms with pronunciation at the front of this ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it
In this fictional narrative, Nabeel the shoemaker spends the afternoon buying new clothes for Eid for the members of his family. He realizes he needs new pants for himself but the only ones left are "four fingers too long." He asks everyone in his family if they would shorten them for him. Everyone is too busy getting ready for Eid. There is a delightfully humorous twist at the end that is sure to make you and your students laugh out loud!

As a teacher I would use this book to teach about the Mus
Jan 19, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
The giggles and uh-ohs from third graders during this read aloud were terrific and made the book all the more enjoyable. :)
Aug 26, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
This will be great for storytime, and the Arabic words, Eid-al-Fitr time frame, and "foreign" setting will make it a nice choice for a cultural diversity program.

I agree with another reviewer that this, like any folktale picture book that ends up in the 398 section, should at least list its sources--if not also go on to describe more about the context/setting and how the author and illustrator adapted the story for their version. Is this story supposed to take place in Turkey? India? A generic "
This book has short text, lots of repetition, and a short glossary of Muslim terms. Even though Eid is a religious holiday, there isn't much information about the religious tradition, but this is a good representation of culture and the Muslim family. Makes me want to learn more about Eid and all that it represents.
Feb 17, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
When I first saw this book, I avoided it. It seemed long and boring. But I was on a search for stories about Turkey and there aren't very many. It turns out that this is a clever story that is well paced and repetitive in a good way. A pleasant surprise.
Carol Royce Owen
Mar 02, 2012 Carol Royce Owen rated it really liked it
Hard working Nabeel remembers everyone at Eid, and even buys a pair of pants for himself. But when he asks his wife, daughter, and mother to hem the m for him, they are all to busy. Imagine his surprise, though, when he finds the job all done.
Very funny. I picture the pants looking rather ridiculous at the end, but the author and illustrator kind of gloss over that one. It is a cute story that kids should enjoy.
Nov 24, 2010 Renee rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 1st-2nd
A cute story, though it would have been better if had an author's note or something explaining the original story it's based upon.
Oct 17, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing
Funny!! and a great book about Muslims & Eid. The whole family enjoyed this one.
Dec 15, 2011 Leslie rated it really liked it
A cute cummulative tale that will celebrate Eid with the students I serve.
Jun 02, 2011 Laura5 rated it really liked it
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