“Lisa was surprised to see Tasneem without her scarf on. She said nothing but saw that Yvonne had noticed it too.
“Hey you two, here at last! Come on into the dining room. I’m starving,q” said Tasneem.
The two slightly nervous guests followed Tasneem through to dining room.Lisa was wondering what vegetarians would serve as a whole meal.”
Tasneem is a Muslim girl who has just moved to a new school. She quickly becomes firm friends with two girls in her class. They are puzzled by the fact that she doesn’t ever take any meat in her school lunches. They believe Tasneem is vegetarian until they are invited for dinner at her house and they all eat lamb burgers. And why wasn’t she wearing her hijab at home? In this book the issues of Halal meat and Islamic dress requirements are explored in the relationship between Tasneem and her two non-Muslim friends.
This is not a new book, but I wanted to introduce it to those who may not have read it as yet. I think it is a wonderful book that could be used to explain Islamic practices pertaining to food and dress to children about seven to eleven. It’s the kind of book that would work well as a read-aloud by a teacher or parent in a public school setting. What’s more many Muslim girls, like Tasneem in the book, can relate to the ups and downs of friendship.
Title: The Meat Eating Vegetarian
Author: Caroline Maryam Ward
Publisher: The Islamic Foundation (UK)
Category: Islamic Fiction
Interest Level: 7 – 10 years
Reading Level: 8 – 11 years