Deeni Tales – A Review


Deeni Tales is a 30 page children’s book composed of several short stories by Kadeeja Nourin Ibrahim. It’s the author debut book. These tales are aimed at Muslim children who love stories and can already read.

Pros: These eight stories will keep children’s minds stimulated while teaching them things about Islam.

Cons: It needs more judicious editing. In my opinion, it also reinforces certain stereotypes about certain races and portrays the objectification cliché of the virtues of wearing hijab a little bit.

Having said that, children will learn tenets of Islam in these concise short stories. I wish the author growth in her writing career and much success with Deeni Tales. Ameen.

Rating: 3/5

You can follow the author here on Facebook or on YouTube.

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

A Ducktrinor Mom

~I received a free copy for the purpose of this review~

A Review of “I’m So Angry!”


Author:  Sarah Javed

Illustrator : Yati Yusoff

Publisher : SH Publishing (Sarah’s Homeschool Publishing)

What to expect: Self-reflection, Better parenting tips, Wudu technique, and a Happy family

Summary: Huthayfah is an eight year old boy who struggles to deal with his anger when he doesn’t get his way.

What did the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) tell us to do when we get angry? Let Huthayfah share how he learns to control his anger.

Suitable as a point of discussion for a variety of ages, however, aimed at ages 5-8 years.

Our Thoughts: The only page that has a face is the front page with the worm. The pictures inside the book are faceless yet we can read the emotions of the characters. It was well done masha’Allah.

In the Gulzar’s home, life is beautiful. Huthayfah wants to go to the park alone but wise Mommy wants to bring the whole bunch on this trip and after she is at a good stopping point with her daily homeschooling activities in the house.

Huthayfah is not pleased with Mommy’s reply because he didn’t want a crowd. So he throws a fit and breaks a few things. Mommy could have hit him for his behavior but she didn’t. She sent him to his room instead to reflect on his behavior.

In his room, Huthayfah reflects and remembers several religious scriptures that help him calm down. After trying very hard to get Shaytan away from him, our protagonist succeeds and comes back down.

Buy your copy today on Amazon here to find out the rest of the story🙂. I ordered mine there and it came within a week! Alhamdullilah.

You can follow the author’s homeschooling journey and tips on YouTube  or in Instagram @sarahijaved.

Our Rating : 5/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~


The One – A Children’s Book Review


Author:  Manaal Jafrey-Razaque

Illustrator : Tanya Emelyanova

Publisher : Prolance

What will it accomplish? Pious Muslim children who will exhibit taqwa insha’Allah

Summary: The One is a fun-to-read, rhyming storybook about Allah that touches upon fundamentals of His creation, proving Allah’s existence, and introducing some of His attributes for children to grasp from an early age in order to instill awe and love for Him, even though He cannot be seen.

Our Thoughts: The One is a 32 page children’s book in The Fundamental Series of Author Manaal Jafrey-Razaque. It’s definitely about fundamental education to inculcate to our Muslim children the presence of Allah even if they don’t see Him. The book strives to show children that the signs of the Creator are all around us and that is enough to take heed and believe in His ubiquitous presence.

The One will for sure help us raise young believers by teaching them 18 out of the 99 names of Allah. That said the book is not preachy at all. The drawings of everything Allah created are cute and inviting throughout the book. My son cooed with delight at the illustrations. It was precious masha’Allah.

Allah’s Attributes are used in English so they can appeal to non-Muslims who believe in The One as well. It’s at the end of The One that we get a summary of the 18 Attributes of Allah used through this rhyming read. And that’s a good way to start teaching children about Islam without overwhelming them. I recommend it to all Muslim parents.

There are also sprinkles of beautiful Quranic verses and one hadith on the rewards of learning all 99 names in The One.

Now, here is a sneak peek page of this wonderful children’s book:


A few things on the Writer and Designer:

  • The Author Manaal.J.R is a Muslim-American born and raised in Southern California. She attended the University of Southern California for her Bachelor’s Degree.
  • The Illustrator Tanya.E is Russian and has a studio in Saint-Petersburg. Follow them on Facebook.



Finally, buy your copy here! I received a free copy🙂 #alhamdullilah

Our Rating : 5/5

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

Sambè Sambè 2016 (Eid Mubarak 1437)

Between Sisters, SVP!

Assalamu aleikum ummah,

sheep-1649212_1920In Mandé which is the main classification of my tribe, we add ‘Sambè Sambè’ after wishing you a happy Eid. There are two more specific classifications of my tribe but I won’t disclose that today  ( Mandé > ? > ? ) .

So ‘Sambè Sambè’ stems from a dua which is ‘Allah san gbrê daah man’. It means , ‘May Allah give us next year.’ We usually utter ‘amiin’ at this dua, and we make subsequent duas. To continue, ‘Sambè’ is a variant of  ‘san gbrê’ in our dialect; next year.

Normally, on the afternoon of the Eid, children get dressed and go see the parents of their moms for gifts or Eid money by saying and chanting ‘Sambè Sambè’  at the doors of these maternal relatives. These days, the custom is a bit perverted. Children (Muslim and non-Muslims) go to anyone chanting ‘Sambè Sambè’ during the Eids…

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Nursery Rhymes

Ramadan Rhymes Authors and illustrators: Elizabeth Lymer, Kim Reimann, Sandy Quigley, Aisha Davies Ramadan Rhymes includes several songs about fasting to encourage young children to look forward to being old enough to fast, as well as rhymes about sighting the new moon, reading the Qur’an, praising Allah SWT, asking for forgiveness, and celebrating ‘Eid. It loosely follows the Ramadan […]

via Ramadan Book Reviews: Ramadan Rhymes — Muslim Mummy

Going to Hajj: A Book of Transport

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Author: Jameela Ho
Ilustrator: InikamiEDU
Format: Kindle eBook
Age: 1-4 years old
Available on Amazon here
Summary: Learn the different types of transportation with Fatimah and Hamzah as they find ways to go to the Ka’bah.
Our thoughts: Going to Hajj: A Book of Transport is a fun children’s book that satisfies children’s curiosity about means of transport, especially the ones that can be used to go to Hajj. By teaching them about transportation vehicles, we also get the chance to teach them about a major pillar of faith in Islam. It’s a must have. You can get more tips about teaching Hajj to children here on the author’s website with free coloring printables and activities.
~I received a free copy for my honest opinion~
Rating: 5/5
Thank you for reading,
A Ducktrinor Mom
P.S. Also in the series these below:
beginning to learn series

‘Islamic Fun Brain Busters for Kids’ by Fawziyyah F. Emiabata — Hayati Magazine

Title: Islamic Fun Brain Busters for Kids Author: Fawziyyah Folasade Emiabata of Muslim Teen Reads Ilustrator: Kaltrina Ferizi Editor: Lateefah Binuyo Format: Paperback Age: 7 years old + Description: An excellent fun way to challenge your brain with lots of fun Islamic themed puzzles even if you are an adult you can enjoy them… Our…

via ‘Islamic Fun Brain Busters for Kids’ by Fawziyyah F. Emiabata — Hayati Magazine

Build Your Arabic Vocabulary Series by Dr. Alia Khaled


Build Your Arabic

Build Your Arabic Vocabulary series is by Dr. Alia Khaled. She’s a multi talented person masha’Allah. I enjoyed reading her four free books while my son pointed at images or just sat next to me and being mischievous as usual. I can read Arabic but at snail pace… This series is perfect because not only it’s for beginners, it’s also visual. The series is composed of four books : Arabic Letters, Arabic Numbers, Colors in Arabic, and Shapes in Arabic.

Arabic numbers

Arabic numbers


Arabic Letters

This is assuming that your children or yourselves already know the different letter positions at the beginning, middle, and end.

Arabic letters

Link :

Color names in Arabic

Arabic colors

Link :

Shapes in Arabic

Arabic ShapesLink :

If you aren’t fluent like me, it’s definitely a collection to have to increase yours and your children’s Arabic vocabulary, some of which you might have known or not known they were the same in Arabic and in the different languages that you speak.

For instance, I drew some parallels with French words, English words, Turkish words, and my own very mother tongue (African Dialect) which borrowed many Arabic words too!

Now, if you’re fluent, it’s still a good tool for your children to have. It’s even better because it’s a complimentary teaching aid. There is no such thing as too much education.

To close, download a free coloring book here. You can get all these books on Amazon or at Alif Baa World.

Jazakh’Allah Khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~


A Dress For Eid


A Dress For Eid Jameela Ho
Author: Jameela Ho
Ilustrator: InikamiEDU
Format: Kindle eBook
Age: 2-5 years old
Summary : Learn the colours with Ruqayya and Rabeah as they decorate a dress for Eid.
Our thoughts: Ruqayya and Rabbeah are two crafty little Muslimah who will help teach your children colors like white, pink, black, yellow, blue, red, orange, purple and green. They also work with shapes like stars, ribbons, circles and half circles, hearts, and flower symbols.
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You can download the following printables on the Author website for your young children.
Learning Colours Activity Book_Page_01 Free Printable Colour Book Download 2
My rating: 4.5/5
Thank you for reading,
~A Ducktrinor Mom~
*I received a free copy*