I absolutely love this ABC book, it truly does Pakistan proud and I’m thrilled that I could obtain it, it wasn’t easy, sorry not sure where you can get it in the USA, and it isn’t available even at Liberty Books in Karachi, but if you can find it, grab a copy, or two because it really is a well done tour of the country. My only suggestions would be thicker pages, the hardback 8.5 x 11 binding is nice, but the pages seem to have curled in the transporting from overseas. Also, some pages have a large A or E, but others such as the words for B, C, D, are just all flowing story style over a two page spread. I don’t mind one way or another, but I do side with consistency, either have the letter on all pages singled out, or on none. The effort to string the pages together makes it read very much like a story, and I appreciate that it features little snippets of fact and history in talking bubbles throughout.
Little Hassan and his cat Makhan introduce themselves and then take you on a tourney of Pakistan. Included are landmarks, handicrafts, foods, famous people, festivals, sports, and more. It concludes with a reminder to carry facemasks and hand sanitizers, which might date the book a little in the future, it was published in 2020.
The book works for non Pakistani’s to learn, especially those of us with children that have not been to the “homeland,” as well as for Pakistanis in Pakistan to feel proud of their culture, history, tradition, and landmarks. There are beautiful masjids and the azaan mentioned and hijab wearing and non wearing women, as well as famous men and women included. It is inclusive on the F for festivals page where it mentions Eid, Basant, Christmas, Diwali, and Children’s Literature Festival.
Enjoyable text and illustrations alike. InshaAllah, will be more readily available if we can convince the author and illustrator and publisher that there is demand, I hope, hint hint. Happy Reading!