An adorable 40 page paper back book about Hajj aimed at ages 3 and up and told from the perspective of two Pigeons performing Hajj with humans.
A boy and girl pigeon say Bismillah and spread their wings as they head off to Hajj. They see pilgrims at the airport wearing ihram before they start circling the Ka’ba like the humans below. After seven rounds they go to Ibrahim’s Station before they are off to Safa and Marwa while pausing to sip on Zamzam.
With Umrah complete they are off to Mina, then Arafat where duas are made. They then go to sleep under the stars in Muzdalifah, before they slaughter an animal, cut their hair, shower, and throw stones at Shaitan.
The concepts are simplified, but told in sequential order of how hajj is performed with very little commentary or embellishment. The lines rhyme, so there is some creativity thrown in to keep the pattern and facts in line. The font size, spacing and overall presentation of the book is good for reading at bed time or in small groups.
The best part of the book, are the pictures. They are sweet, colorful, and engaging and to find out at the end that they are done by a 12 year old girl is an extra added bonus.
The book is factual in the steps for hajj, but because it doesn’t have a glossary, or give much information about why Muslim’s perform Hajj or details about the different acts of worship, it probably is better suited for Muslim kids that will hopefully know some of the answers, or have access to an adult who can answer and fill in the blanks.
Overall, a good addition to books about Hajj to share with your little ones. I just wish it would have come out a little bit earlier, as the Hajj starts in a few days and the book just came out. If you can’t find it this year, inshaAllah get a head start for next year as I think the book has staying power and will be read more than once as both a learning tool, and fun book requested by kids.