Allah Gave Me Two Eyes to See. . . by Fatia M. D’Oyen illustrated by Stevan Stratford

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Allah Gave Me Two Eyes to See. . . by Fatia M. D’Oyen illustrated by Stevan Stratford

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This series (Allah Gave me Two Hands and Feet, Allah Gave Me a Nose to Smell, Allah Gave Me a Tongue to Taste, Allah Gave Me Two Ears to Hear) has been around for over 15 years and is a staple in most Islamic School libraries, and Islamic preschool classes.  They aren’t really fiction in that there is a story, but they are rhyming verses thanking Allah for our five senses in a hard 8 x 8 bound, 32 page, 3-5 year old age appropriate book.

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Allah Gave Me Two Eyes to See, starts with eyes, but covers all five senses equally.  The book uses rhyming lines to give examples of what we can explore through our senses to understand Allah’s gifts.

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After the senses, the book tells us about Allah giving us a mind to think, and a heart to love, and how we should thank him for all we have been given.  The pictures aren’t great, but they aren’t off-putting.  It gives kids the chance to connect words to pictures in a very literal sense as it shows exactly what is being mentioned in the text.

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While I questioned to review this book or not, I thought I should because it is such a staple in preschool through kindergarten classes when discussing the body parts, gratitude and the five senses.  So many other books discuss the blessings all around us, but might require a little more discussion for this age group to understand how we know Allah through our senses and through our experiences.  

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I used this book when I used to teach Sunday school, I saw my mom a preschool teacher for years and years use this book when introducing the senses, and when I was asked recently to read books about body parts, I reached for the series to see if they were still relevant and sure enough they are, Alhumdulillah.

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