Nabeel’s New Pants: An Eid Tale retold by Fawzia Gilani-Williams and illustrated by Proiti Roy is a silly story about a shoemaker getting ready for Eid. He goes to buy gifts for his wife, mother and daughter and gets a new pair of pants for himself. The pants, however, are four fingers too long, and no one has time to hem them for him: Not the shop keeper, not his wife, not his mother, not his daughter, so he does it himself. Nabeel then goes out to visit the poor and hand out charity and all the women in his life feel guilty andsneak over to hem his pants for him. Luckily Nabeel has a sense of humor and there is just enough time to fix some seriously too short pants.
The book is 32 pages and an AR level 2.9. It reads well out loud, with simple, yet colorful pictures for even the littlest ones to look at and enjoy. The story is simple, and probably has a lot more relevance to a Muslim audience than a non Muslim one. Eid is not described in any great detail, other than gifts are given, charity distributed, new clothes are worn, and lots of food is prepared, so it might put off those not familiar with the holiday. Islam isn’t mentioned by name, but is obviously assumed. Culturally the characters are Indian sub-continent based on the food’s being prepared. Some of the women fully cover, some a little and some not at all. And I particularly like that Nabeel can sew his pants himself. The kids enjoy seeing themselves and their families in a silly story. Even the three-year-olds get the punchline and all around it is just a fun book. Alhumdulillah!