A great book about inclusion for back to school, except well with Corona, we aren’t doing things how we always have. None-the-less this book about the first day of kindergarten for Musa and the friendships and celebrations of diversity (Eid al-Fitr, Rosh Hashanah, Las Posadas, Pi Day) that will take place over the school year, connect the kids and their cultures in a beautiful and heartwarming way. The book is 40 pages with engaging illustrations and text perfect for 5-7 year olds.
It is the first day of school and Ms. Gupta tells the class it is her favorite day of the year. She also tells the children that the people around them will become their best friends. Musa doubts this as he looks around at the strangers at his table.
He also wonders how the first day of school can be any ones favorite day, clearly Eid al-Fitr is the best holiday. Luckily, every show-and-tell will be about someone’s favorite day, so that the class can join together in celebrating it. Moises can’t believe that Christmas isn’t the most fun until he learns that not everyone celebrates it.
When it is Musa’s turn to teach about Eid, his mom and he bring in food and decorations and teach the kids to say Eid Mubarak. They learn what Eid is like and can see why it is his favorite.
Up next is Mo’s turn. He tells everyone about Jewish New Year and how to say Shanah Tovah. On Rosh Hashanah they light candles and share food with friends and family.
Moises explains how Las Posadas is how his family celebrates Christmas. It lasts nine days and there are songs and pinatas and presents.
In the spring it was Kevin’s turn and he shared his love of Pi Day as his family celebrates science. On March 14 (3.14) they make different pies and learn about scientists and their discoveries.
On the last day of school, the children are sad, but their teacher hopes they will remember each other always throughout the year as she hands out calendars for them to keep.
The book concludes with information about each of the four holidays mentioned. It is possible that on the Rosh Hashanah page the family is two gay men with two children, but it could be just two men as well, and doesn’t say anything in the text that suggests who and how the family is comprised.