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The Jinni on the Roof: A Ramadan Story

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Eight-year-old Raza is too young to fast, but he longs for the delicious parathas the grown-ups eat before dawn. The aroma of the flaky, golden bread tempts him. He cannot wait for the children's breakfast, but he'll get into trouble if anyone finds him up this early. Lying in bed, Raza hatches a plan. Will he get away with it? This is a delightful tale about a mischievous ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published July 19th 2013 by Pamir
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Shoa Khan
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With the holy month of Ramadan barely ten days away, this was the perfect time to read this book.

This picture book is about an eight year old boy Raza, who loves and enjoys everything about Ramadan, though he himself hasn't started fasting yet.
This particular Ramadan, his entire family has gathered at his grandmother's place in Lahore to celebrate together.
One morning when he wakes up before Sehri, he feels pangs of hunger and c
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This 37 page culturally Pakistani Ramadan story is super sweet and fun.  There is so much I feel like my critical self should not like about the story, but by about page 15 each time I read it, I find my self full on smiling and thoroughly enjoying little Raza's antics and his endearing grandma's method for dealing with him.

Raza is too young to fast, but with a house full of relatives gathered for Ramadan, Raza awakens to the sound of his uncle snoring before the siren to signal the start of fas
Alex  Baugh
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's the end of Ramadan, and Raza's family, including many of his aunts, uncles and cousins, are about to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr in Lahore. Early that morning, while everyone is still sleeping, Raza wakes up and hears Amina, the family cook, making parathas in the kitchen. Realizing he is very hungry, Raza quietly climbs up to the roof, goes over to the kitchen chimney and in a deep voice, tells Amina to make some parathas for him. Thinking voice belongs to a jinni, a scary being, Amina gets Raza ...more
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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It can sometimes be hard to find children's books that depict cultural diversity but offer enough commonalities that readers can identify with the characters. This story does that easily by showing a boy who decides to play a trick on his family. At some point or other most of us have probably craved a particular food or been so hungry that we didn't want to wait until meal time to eat. That is Raza's situation; he wants the "hot, flaky parathas" and doesn't want to go to school and miss out on ...more
Sue Poduska
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Complete with a recipe for parathas, this story about an eight-year-old enjoying the best parts of Ramadan is a great introduction to the people and culture surrounding Islam. The whimsical illustrations help make this a kid-friendly story.
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