Today ushers in the first day of the month-long celebration of the Muslim holiday Ramadan. Talking with us is author Sylvia Whitman of the picture book Under the Ramadan Moon. Click below to hear about the significance of Ramadan in Islamic culture, what the moon symbolizes, and how Sylvia’s son Munir had a hand in introducing an early form of the story to his classmates. (RT: 8:44)
Sylvia Whitman is a college educator, writer, and editor living in Arlington, Virginia.
Under the Ramadan Moon (Albert Whitman, 2008) is her first picture book. She has written a handful of history books for children, as well as a research guide, World Poverty (Facts On File, 2008). Sylvia has also written hundreds of articles for kids and adults about everything from boating on the Nile to cooking cabbage.
For Ramadan-related children’s activities: http://www.submission.org/YES/child2.html