One of the major Muslim holidays, Eid al-Adha , is fast approaching. It occurs this year on the US Thanksgiving weekend. On the day of Eid, families sacrifice a lamb in honor of when Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son to Allah/God. Right now, people are buying/selling lambs. The grocery stores sell banners with pictures of happy sheep next to lavish meals.
A third grade student at my school has just begun writing a story about his new pet sheep. The sheep has brown face and paws. The sheep loves him and misses him when he is gone. I wonder how this story will evolve in the next couple weeks?
Tom and I just finished reading a delightful book that offers many cultural stories (including a child with the Eid sheep) like the ones we experience here, and helps to describe Casablanca. The author is a parent of two of my students! For a good read, check out The Caliph's House by Tahir Shah, published by Bantam Books.