So glad to see another Zain Bhika song hit the mark and bring the beloved lyrics to life in book form. Ages 2 and up will enjoy the 28 page book even if they haven’t heard the song, and parents will enjoy watching the kids sing-read the pages independently if they have.
The illustrations are sweet and diverse with the characters and their families changing with each verse. But all celebrating in their appreciation for the light of Allah’s blessings and the patience of waiting for the rain to pass.
I particularly enjoy the Arabic in the clouds on the pages explaining what the character does whenever he/she feels down and looks up to the sky to see Allah’s signs.
The hardback book is sturdy with a playful large font on the pages, and is meant for Muslim kids with the concept coming from Surah An-Noor (24:35).
The book’s charm is its simplicity. The text is minimal and the illustrations a small portion of the page. But at 59 pages the book finds power in showing what Islam is to muslim and non muslim children alike.
To say that I liked the book is an understatement, I loved it! It is perfect for bedtime and story time for kids 1 to 4. Ages 5 and up can read it themselves in mere minutes. The pictures not only are the story, but add a wonderful sprinkling of humor. I mean really lets eat a mouse, better yet lets share it! EEEW! Oh wait animals and cats do eat mice!
But why I really like the book, is because while it reminds Muslim children of all the subtle things that make up what Islam is. It also builds bridges for children who know Muslims, or whose parents want them to widen their knowledge, as it lends it self so effortlessly to seeing how we are all the same. Yes it mentions the names of Islamic Prayers and that Muslims read the Quran, and tells the five pillars in a non preachy way, but it also says, “Islam is Family,” and “Islam is Respecting our parents” and “Islam is Telling the truth.” Much more alike than different. A lesson even the littlest reader can understand and hopefully remember.