review: Many Windows

Posted on 31 January 2010 Sunday

Book review:  Many Windows: Six kids, five faiths, one community

Author: Rukhsana Khan with Elisa Corbone and Uma krishnaswami

Date: 2008 Napoleon Publishing

Many windows is a short novel about students whose lives connect in a single classroom in a public school. Each chapter focuses on an individual child and their family, often but not always as they celebrate a particular holiday. The holiday serves as a backdrop for the writing, religion is never at the forefront of the writing. I think that’s often how life is: although what we believe is central to who we are, it’s not always obvious in our daily interactions. The chapters could be read independently to stress a particular theme or religion. An important message I found in the book is the role that teachers and other adults have in maintaining peace. The books ends with short essays describing Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Ramadam and Eid ul Fitr. (Middle Grades)

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