I didn’t think the old version was falling short, but I had to have the new one, because well, I’m a mom. And sometimes songs that have stood the test of time really do translate perfectly to story books that are engaging, memorable, and so fun. I can’t get through it without singing it, but the new pictures do force me to slow down and look at the maps and the points of interest that have been included. Ages two and up will love the book, older kids will enjoy the nostalgia, parents will beam at the words getting stuck in everyone’s head and the lessons making their way in to real actions.
The new book is slightly different than the original, but more inline with the online videos by Zain Bhikha and his son. The back of the book has an ayat from surah Al-An’am and reinforces that while the song is fun, the foundation of not wasting and sharing with the poor is an important part of Islam.
A great book to read over-and-over again and one that is universal enough to be shared with Muslim and non Muslim children alike.