Once Upon a Time in Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices (2020) by SK Ali and Aisha Saeed
Illustrated by Sara Alfageeh
Eid is an exciting time for many in the Muslim community. It is a religious holiday to reflect, worship and come together as a family. Whether it’s sharing a meal or wearing that special outfit, Eid is a day that Muslim children will cherish. It is truly the happiest holiday for all Muslims. There are many who can put their feelings into words when they think of Eid, but being able to post this is even more amazing. It happened in, Once upon a time there was eid.
The book, edited by New York Times best-selling authors, SK Ali and Aisha Saeed, is a compilation of fifteen Eid stories by other well-known authors, G. Willow Wilson (Alif the Unseen, Ms. Marvel), Hena Khan (Amina’s Voice, More to the Story), NH Senzai (Shooting Kabul, Escape from Aleppo), Hanna Alkaf (The Weight of Our Sky), Rukhsana Khan ( Big Red Lollipop), Randa Abdel-Fattah (Does my head look big in this?), Ashley Franklin (Not Quite Snow White), Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (Mommy’s Khimar), Candice Montgomery (Home and Away, By Any Means Necessary), Huda Al-Marashi (First Comes Marriage), Ayesha Mattu (Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim and Salaam), Asmaa Hussein (A Temporary Gift: Reflections on Love, Loss and Healing) and Sara Alfageeh (Star Wars Women of the Galaxy).
The anthology of Eid stories includes a graphic novel chapter, poems, and one-time illustration. Each author brings his own touch to his personal experiences. Whether it’s Hawa spending Eid in New York to learn how to get along with her cousin, or Kareem trying to learn generosity, there’s a story for everyone.
Many stories are written about cities that are not predominantly Muslim. This struggle reveals many identity issues as contributors navigate how their family celebrates Eid in a place where it is not widely celebrated.
an intentional The structure of the book demonstrates many family dynamics, whether blended or recently converted, for the reader to discover themselves throughout the different stories.
Between graphics, poems and lyrical writing, Once upon a time there was eid is a showstopper. It’s a book you can read over and over again and discover something new. It is best suited for middle level children, but the whole family can enjoy it and read it together.