Children’s Character Curious George Observes Ramadan

AFP, July 7, 2016

The beloved American children’s book character Curious George is breaking fast for Ramadan this year–with chocolate-covered bananas, of course.

The just-released children’s book “It’s Ramadan, Curious George” celebrates the Muslim holiday, teaching kids about the sacred month.

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US author Hena Khan “wanted to focus on the celebratory aspects” of Ramadan, so George attends family gatherings and accompanies his friend Kareem to a mosque to put together charity baskets, she told AFP.

A writer of Pakistani origin from Rockville, Maryland, Khan has already written two children’s books about Islam, “but there’s something different about having Curious George, a mainstream, well-known, iconic character recognize your tradition and make you feel included.”

The story assumes the humorous tone of other volumes in the series, which has sold more than 75 million books since it debuted 1941 and went on to become an animated television series and 2006 feature film.

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