Saturday, August 25, 2018

Peg + Cat: The Eid al-Adha Adventure - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

“Peg + Cat: The Eid al-Adha Adventure,” a brand-new picture book based on the multiple Emmy-winning series on PBS KIDS, is now available.

In the new book, Peg and Cat are invited to Yasmina and Amir’s celebration of a very special holiday, Eid al-Adha. Amir explains that dividing meat into three equal parts and sharing one third with someone less fortunate, is an important holiday tradition. But, Peg and Cat discover a REALLY BIG PROBLEM when they realize all three bowls hold different amounts of meat. It’ll take a balancing scale, a trip to a soup kitchen, and an unexpected visit to a neighbor to solve the problem.

My Review:

The first time I heard of Eid al-Adha was when I received this book for review.  Eid al-Adha, also called the "Festival of Sacrifice", is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two.  It was celebrated on August 20th of this year.

Before I get into the book itself, I'd like to mention that I'm not Muslim.  But I respect most religions and am not against learning about them.  Secondly, I did some research on Eid al-Adha.  I have regard for the ultimate reason behind the holiday.  But, I was taken aback to learn that many Muslims still slaughter animals as part of a sacrificial ritual. (Thankfully, that part's not talked about in the book.)

A hardcover book that explores another culture, Peg + Cat: The Eid al-Adha Adventure has Peg and Cat meeting up with two friends during the Eid al-Adha holiday.  Yasmina and Amir explains that it's about lots of food and presents, but it's mostly about giving to those with less.  As part of their tradition, all meat is divided into three equal parts.  One-third is kept by the family, one-third is given to the neighbors, and one-third is given to someone who has less.  (Side note:  This is a part of the holiday that I'm in agreement with.)  The group used number skills and a pan balance to equally divide the meatballs.  Once equal, the group distributes the meat.  They learn to solve problems using math and they learn that it's fun to give to others.

I like that this book explores people and traditions from another country.  I like the lesson learned that giving to others feels good.  And I like that there are visual math equations throughout the book that young readers can learn from.

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25 comments:

Nancy said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday.

Nancy
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aperry said...

I am not aware of Eid al-Adha. I like to celebrate winter solstice,

marjorie takala said...

Good way to learn about another culture.

John Smith said...

"Leave a comment on this blog post with whether or not you're familiar with Eid al-Adha OR comment with your favorite holiday to celebrate." I believe Eid is the feast at the end of the Ramadan fasting period. The Indian actor Shahrukh Khan holds a big Eid celebration, and I've seen pictures of this. And my favorite holiday is Christmas, with Santa and gifts!

Marilyn said...

My favorite holiday to celebrate is Christmas

Teresa Noel said...

I love Halloween personally.

Lauryn Rescoe said...

I am familiar with this cartoon, I have watched it on PBS with my kids! I did not know that they have a book series though, thanks for sharing!

Aleksandra Nearing said...

I love Christmas!

James Coyne said...

I like Christmas

Jennifer Cervantes said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday.

Leela said...

I like celebrating birthdays.

Candace M. said...

christmas is my favorite holiday.

Audra said...

We love Christmas time

Renee Rousseau said...

I am not familiar with Eid al-Adha but hope to be soon.

Annmarie Weeks said...

I have to admit that I am not familiar with Eid al-Adha. It'll be interesting to learn along with my niece what it's all about. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. For me, it's all about the stuffing!

desitheblonde said...

i have holdiay with kids and they love the Christmas and the the kdi get books and i love giveing them new one

Eve+Ash said...

I am a bit familiar with Eid. I know kids get candy around Eid.

Kayla Klontz said...

I most love Easter.

Anika Conway said...

Christmas!

Tammy Iler said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday

Teresa Kunberger said...

My fav holiday is Thanksgiving and Christmas because of family times!!

Amber C said...

Christmas is my favorite!

Jana Leah B said...

Halloween is my favorite holiday.

Darlene said...

I am not familiar with Eid al-Adha - my favorite holiday is Christmas

[Whatever U are, be a good one!] said...

I love Thanksgiving:)
Thank You for the chance!

Fiona N