Max is a character in a series of leveled readers that explores familiar topics to build reading confidence (Max Goes to the Doctor, Max Goes to School, etc.), and introduces new ideas as the reader’s skills build (Max Celebrates Cinco de Mayo, Max Learns Sign Language, etc.). I love that Ramadan was included and this 24 page AR 2.0 book is spot on, in what a new reader can handle without getting frustrated or bored in terms of content, and ability.
Max goes to his friend Omar’s house to celebrate Ramadan. He learns a little about the month, what the Quran is and about Eid al Fitr too. The foreign words are explained in the text and there is no explanation of belief or doctrine. There are just simplified, age appropriate, descriptions of what a Muslim does and what you might see during Ramadan. Very level appropriate for Muslim and non Muslim children. Omar’s family is inviting and kind, and the illustrations show them to probably be of Indian decent as the mother and other females are wearing saris. None of the women cover, but the males all wear kufis.
The book doesn’t stand out in any way, but most leveled readers, in my opinion, don’t. If you have young readers check and see if your library has the book, the kids will enjoy it. It works ok in small groups, but not for story time so well, as it is rather repetitive in a dry, not predictive way. If you are a kindergarten through 3rd grade teacher, I think this book would be a great addition to your book shelf, as well as the others in the series as a way to learn about other people in an independent way. My son going in to first grade read it by himself fluently and enjoyed the pictures. Someone new to the concept of Ramadan, i think, would also be able to grasp the concepts without much outside help.