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{"id":512908492810,"title":"A Moon for Moe and Mo","handle":"a-moon-for-moe-and-mo","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/jane-breskin-zalben\"\u003eJane Breskin Zalben\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/mehrdohkt-amini\"\u003eMehrdohkt Amini\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eAn interfaith friendship develops when Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, overlaps with the Muslim holiday of Ramadan—an occurence that happens only once every thirty years or so.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMoses Feldman, a Jewish boy, lives at one end of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, while Mohammed Hassan, a Muslim boy, lives at the other. 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A graphic designer and former children's book art director, she's taught children's book writing, illustration, and design at the School of Visual Arts in NYC for eighteen years.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/jane-breskin-zalben\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Jane Breskin Zalben. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMehrdohkt Amini, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMehrdohkt Amini is the illustrator of many award-winning children's books, including \u003ci\u003eChicken in the Kitchen, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, \u003c\/i\u003eand\u003ci\u003e How the Olympics Came to Be\u003c\/i\u003e. 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Amini's vibrant collages capture both the busyness of the neighborhood and the growing friendship between the families. Completing the educational effort are two succinct informational sheets on both Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan along with two recipes for each tradition. A gem.\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\nWhile shopping with their mothers on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, Moses Feldman, or \"Moe,\" and Mohammed Hassan, also \"Mo,\" meet and become friends. When their families share a picnic in the park, Mo's family brings date cookies, a traditional dessert enjoyed after the Ramadan fast, and Moe's family shares raisin rugelach in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. 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A graphic designer and former children's book art director, she's taught children's book writing, illustration, and design at the School of Visual Arts in NYC for eighteen years.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/jane-breskin-zalben\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Jane Breskin Zalben. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMehrdohkt Amini, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMehrdohkt Amini is the illustrator of many award-winning children's books, including \u003ci\u003eChicken in the Kitchen, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, \u003c\/i\u003eand\u003ci\u003e How the Olympics Came to Be\u003c\/i\u003e. 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Amini's vibrant collages capture both the busyness of the neighborhood and the growing friendship between the families. Completing the educational effort are two succinct informational sheets on both Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan along with two recipes for each tradition. A gem.\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\nWhile shopping with their mothers on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, Moses Feldman, or \"Moe,\" and Mohammed Hassan, also \"Mo,\" meet and become friends. When their families share a picnic in the park, Mo's family brings date cookies, a traditional dessert enjoyed after the Ramadan fast, and Moe's family shares raisin rugelach in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. 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A Moon for Moe and Mo

By: Jane Breskin Zalben / Illustrated by: Mehrdohkt Amini

An interfaith friendship develops when Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, overlaps with the Muslim holiday of Ramadan—an occurence that happens only once every thirty years or so.

Moses Feldman, a Jewish boy, lives at one end of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, while Mohammed Hassan, a Muslim boy, lives at the other. One day they meet at Sahadi's market while out shopping with their mothers and are mistaken for brothers. A friendship is born, and the boys bring their families together to share rugelach and date cookies in the park as they make a wish for peace.

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Jane Breskin Zalben, author

Jane Breskin Zalben has created more than fifty books for children. A graphic designer and former children's book art director, she's taught children's book writing, illustration, and design at the School of Visual Arts in NYC for eighteen years.

Read more about Jane Breskin Zalben. 


Mehrdohkt Amini, illustrator

Mehrdohkt Amini is the illustrator of many award-winning children's books, including Chicken in the Kitchen, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, and How the Olympics Came to Be. Mehrdohkt lives in the UK.

Read more about Mehrdohkt Amini.

  • Children's Book Review's Best Jewish Books for Kids for 2018
  • Tablet Magazine's Best Jewish Children's Books of 2018

Kirkus Reviews

The tale of a nascent friendship between Moses Feldman and Mohammed Hassan, two kids from Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York; they have different backgrounds…yet so many things in common. Moe and Mo meet by chance at the grocery store where their moms happen to be shopping. Because of their similar curly dark hair, brown eyes, and olive-toned skin, Moe and Mo are mistaken for twins by the store owner, who gives them each a falafel. They are also quick to realize that they share more than just a similar look and have the same—at times reckless—passion for sweets and bouncing balls. Weeks pass, and they return to the store, Mrs. Feldman for Rosh Hashanah, the holiday celebrating the Jewish New Year, and Mrs. Hassan for Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. The kids' mothers are not indifferent to the developing camaraderie and agree to a picnic bringing the two families together to enjoy rugelach and date cookies. Author Zalben and illustrator Amini are immensely successful in creating parallels between the two boys' lives, with each aspect mirrored both in the narrative and graphically. Amini's vibrant collages capture both the busyness of the neighborhood and the growing friendship between the families. Completing the educational effort are two succinct informational sheets on both Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan along with two recipes for each tradition. A gem.

School Library Journal

While shopping with their mothers on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, Moses Feldman, or "Moe," and Mohammed Hassan, also "Mo," meet and become friends. When their families share a picnic in the park, Mo's family brings date cookies, a traditional dessert enjoyed after the Ramadan fast, and Moe's family shares raisin rugelach in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. Digitally assembled photo collage illustrations with acrylic, markers, and ink beautifully capture the contemporary, multicultural neighborhood.

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ISBN: 978-1-58089-727-3

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Ages: 3-7
Page count: 32
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