Another adorable board book teaching the concept of saying Bismillah to the littlest Muslims. The illustrations are really sweet, and the text large and playful on their 5.5 square pages. The story is simple, but because there is a story, and the word repeated, it does just what it intends to do and shows Bismillah being said before you start something. It is worth noting though, that it never articulates why you say it.
In this 20 page story brother and sister, Nabil and Noura are about to eat some yummy cupcakes. Noura forgets to say Bismillah and her brother Nabil reminds her. They both say Bismillah and then Noura says it before she drinks her milk. Proud of herself for remembering, Nabil praises her as well, and they both head off to play after saying Bismillah again.
I like that the siblings encourage each other and no one gets in “trouble” for not saying it, but rather they are gentle in their approach and it comes not from a parent or authority figure but from one another.
There are a few “games” sprinkled in on two of the pages: say the colors of the cupcakes, count the cups. There is also the word Bismillah written in Arabic at the end along with the English transliteration, English meaning and two questions: can you say Bismillah, and when do you say it, to verify comprehension.
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