This book review was kindly provided by Sumaira Zaheer, The Muslimah Mommy. A passionate blogger and mum to three young children, her motto is Peace, Positivity, Prayer. She has been a great supporter of Read Little Muslims, from the beginning, and for that I’d like say a huge thank you! You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
Book Title: Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colours
Illustratrator: Mehrdokht Amini
“Magnificently capturing the colourful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam’s beauty and traditions. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors are given special meaning as young readers learn about clothing, food, and other important elements of Islamic culture, with a young Muslim girl as a guide. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is equally at home in a classroom reading circle as it is being read to a child on a parent’s lap.”
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book with my children, and my children had a great time listening to me read to them! We all were excited over the images, as they were bright and colourful and full of so much detail; in fact, the picture of the dates looked so real!
My 7 year old daughter loved the book the most; she was pleased to see many descriptive words- something she is learning about at school.
This book is an excellent way to introduce the Islamic religion to both young Muslims and non-Muslims who are curious to know more about Islam.
Islamic Lessons Mentioned In The Book:
There were many Islamic concepts mentioned on throughout this book, such as praying five times a day while facing Mecca, Allah, the Mosque, and the holy Quran.
The main character also describes the hijab her mom wears and the kufi her grandpa wears, thus referencing the way some Muslims dress.
Ramadan was also mentioned, more specifically the dates eaten during Ramadan, henna during Eid, Eid gifts, and giving Zakat to the poor.
To end the book, there is a glossary that goes over the Islamic terms within the book.
My favorite part of the book, was the last sentence:
“All of the colourful things we’ve seen make up the world of my faith, my deen.”