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Time to Pray

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Yasmin is visiting her grandmother, who lives in a country somewhere in the Middle East. On her first night, she's wakened by the muezzin at the nearby mosque calling the faithful to prayer, and Yasmin watches from her bed as her grandmother prepares to pray. A visit with Grandmother is always special, but this time it is even more so. Her grandmother makes Yasmin prayer c...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Boyds Mills Press
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Michelle Pegram
This dual language, English and Arabic, picture book is a story about Yasmin, a young Muslim girl who is visiting her grandmother in an unnamed Middle Eastern country. She watches the green lights in the minaret of a nearby mosque on her first night and is fascinated by the muezzin calling Muslims to prayer five times each day. Young enough that she is not expected to participate fully in the prayers but old enough to be interested in learning, Yasmin spends time with her grandmother purchasing...more

(text to text) This book reminded me of _A Path of Stars_ by Anne Sibley O'Brien, another picture book I read for this class. In both books, the protagonists are both very close to their grandmothers. In _Time to Pray_, Yasmin's grandmother provides her with prayer clothes and supplies that help her become more observant of her Muslim faith. In _A Path of Stars_, Daya's grandmother's stories connect her to her family's homeland of Cambodia.

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Holly Williams
Jun 11, 2013 Holly Williams added it
Shelves: primary
Arab American Book Award Children/Young Adult Honorable Mention 2011

Audience: Primary

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Text-to-Self: Immediately, this title stood out to me: Time to Pray. This book is an Arab American book focusing primarily on the Muslim religion but I can definitely relate, in certain aspects, because of my Christian faith. One line in particular really struck me. A grandmother is talking to her granddaughter and tells her, "Prayer is better than sleep. Prayer is better than sleep." Thi...more
Alaina Rogers
Audience: This would be great to younger children such as kindergarten or 1st grade. The older grades can read this independently so it would be appropriate up to even middle school. The topic would be great for children who are Arabic and for all the other children in the class because they will be able to read about another culture. This would be good for both boys and girls because it is a topic that could interest both genders.

Appeal: This book has a lot of pictures and a lot of Arabic writi...more
picture book introduction to muslim prayer practices. a girl visits her grandmother in an unnamed middle eastern country and learns about the daily prayer ritual. it's easy for an uninformed reader to put themselves in the girl's shoes as she encounters the rituals for the first time. this book could serve as a great starting point for discussion of many different topics with children (intro to religion, cultural differences, etc). at the end is an informational page with specific words and defi...more
Griselda Mendez
Time to Pray by Maha Addasi is one of very few picture books for children that speak about the Muslim religion. Readers do not have to be Muslim to be captivated by this tale of Yasmin visiting her grandmother and learning the ritual of prayer. The book also exposes children to beautiful Arabic characters and landscapes. Yasmin is able to form a strong bond with Teta that endures long after she has returned home. This book is really great for readers who have not been exposed to different countr...more
Audience: Grades 1-4
Appeal: Describes a beautiful relationship between grandmother and grandchild and the knowledge and rituals the grandmother passes down to her grand daughter.
Application:I would use this in class as an introduction about the Muslim prayer rituals.
Award: 2011 Arab American Book Award winner
Lauren Brown
An interesting insight into what life is like in the Middle East and how the culture is compares to others. Beautiful illustrations tie the book together. At the end of every paragraph there is writing in their own language and it is interesting to see how our writing compare as well.
I learned a lot about Muslim prayer and religion. I wished the story explained why the Ka'bah is such a sacred site and what is the ultimate purpose in life for the Muslims. A great book to learn about Muslim prayers and how/why they are done.
This is a good introduction to the 5 prayers that Islam requires of it's followers. I especially like that a prayer clock was mentioned at the end of the story. One of my husbands friends gave us one when the boys were young.
Amber Cooper
A wonderful multicultural read for elementary children! Great illustrations! This book is full of cultural richness and this is displayed through the text as well as the many pictures.
A good intro to Muslim prayer practices. In the back of the book there is a helpful explanation of the five prayers.
This book shows a grandmother/granddaughter relationship and explains the prayer customs of Muslims.
Edward Sullivan
A good introduction to Muslim prayer practices.
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2011 Arab American Book Award Honorable Mention
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It talks about praying and how they do it. E & J
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