Sometimes the idea and presentation of a book make it stand out even if the writing is a bit bland and erroneous. This book with bright colorful illustrations from 12 different illustrators highlighting the bold colors and designs of 12 masjids around the world is one such book for me. I think young children will delight in seeing such beautiful masjids and appreciate that Muslims are found all over the world. Adults and older children will also learn about mosques I’m sure they had never heard of before. I kind of wish the book was a board book for little hands learning colors to enjoy, but the 8.5 x 8.5 style does suffice for story time and bedtime.
The book starts with an introduction to the author, Jenny and her sharing her favorite mosque in Turkey, Hagia Sophia. Each two page spread after that is a child introducing themselves, telling where they are from, and sharing their favorite mosque in their home country. From Sri Lanka’s Jami Ul Alfar that looks like candy to the purple lights of Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque in Oman. Some masjids stand out for their colors, others for their 99 domes, and some look like castles or are built out of mud.
The illustrations reflect the beautiful buildings and radiate with joy from the smiling children introducing them. I think the text is translated from Turkish to English which might account for some of the errors, but spelling Kabbah with two b’s doesn’t seem right in any language.
Despite it all, I’m happy with the book, I think we need to make a more intentional point to instill a sense of global community in our children and celebrate the beauty that our architecture and culture can result in for the worship of Allah swt.
The book is available from here from Crescent Moon Store.