The One – A Children’s Book Review

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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:

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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.

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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:
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‘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

 

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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.

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Arabic numbers

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Arabic-Numbers-Build-Your-Vocabulary-ebook/dp/B01F483B2G

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 : https://www.amazon.com/Arabic-Letters-Build-Your-Vocabulary/dp/0997099941

Color names in Arabic

Arabic colors

Link : https://www.amazon.com/Colors-Build-Your-Arabic-Vocabulary/dp/0997099925

Shapes in Arabic

Arabic ShapesLink : https://www.amazon.com/Shapes-Build-Your-Arabic-Vocabulary-ebook/dp/B01F4837ZM

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

 

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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.
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My rating: 4.5/5
Thank you for reading,
~A Ducktrinor Mom~
*I received a free copy*

Fast Not Food

Fast Not Food by Jameela Ho
Author: Jameela Ho
Illustrator: InikamiEDU
Age: 2-5 year olds
Format: Kindle
 
Summary : Learn some shapes with Omar and Ehsan as they try not to eat during their fast in Ramadan.
This is a book I found  particular cute and true. Omar is a food lover and during his fasting period, he experiences food mirages; hallucinations. The shapes of the food he sees are mainly square, triangle and circle. His cousin Ehsan on the other hand keeps him in check throughout the day by helping him snap out of it and make better choices; read Qur’an to make the time goes faster.
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My rating: 5/5
Thank you for reading,
~A Ducktrinor Mom~
*I received a free copy*

Parenting Guides and Some!

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Muslim Parenting Journal: The Journal  is about 42 pages. It includes plenty of space for you to write down the way you will implement your parenting skills after it gives you hadiths sherif, quotes or proverbs for each of the 19 strategies of better parenting. This is also a great writing prompt for parents to reflect on past and future actions.

Fitra Journal Volume 1 Issue 1: Whether you are a seasoned homeschooler or just curious about this educational option for your children, Fitra Journal offers a community of Muslim homeschoolers’ experiences so that we may travel this less-worn path together, in sha Allah. Our diverse contributors hail from both Muslim and nonMuslim-majority countries and have experienced a wide variety of homeschooling styles. The journal publishes personal accounts, methodology explanations, resource reviews and a bounty of general homeschooling information and ideas, always from a deen-centered perspective. Volume 1, Issue 1 – ‘Getting Started’ has several articles that are especially helpful for beginning and organizing your homeschooling lifestyle, such as budget planning, curriculum breakdowns, advice for reluctant parents and solid self-care tips to avoid burnout. We also hear from children who are homeschooled, a single-parent, homeschoolers in Pakistan and Morocco, and a mother of a child with Dyslexia.

The Shapes of Eid According To Me: From curvy crescents and swirly swirls to ovals, triangles and spheres, Eid is filled with shapes that are your very own. Follow this rhyming story of the many shapes of this special day.

How To Guide Children’s Behavior (From an Islamic Perspective): of about 37 pages goes deeper and coaches us on how to act and say things to our children. It makes us realize that it’s not what we say that have an impact on our children. It’s how and the way we say it. 

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Fitra Journal Volume 1 Issue 2 : Whether you are homeschooling temporarily or longterm, the Fitra Journal has brought together an international community of homeschoolers to provide you with the support and how-to for one of the most difficult tasks you will ever undertake. Written by Muslim homeschoolers for Muslim homeschoolers, the Fitra Journal uniquely addresses the issues we are most concerned about – striving to provide our children with both an academic as well as Islamic education, raising well-rounded, and deen-centered people. This issue of the quarterly publication includes: • How to build healthy boundaries with your children. • Deschooling explained. • Guiding Muslim children to responsibly use the internet. • The ins and outs of using technology in home education. • Worldschooling from your sofa. • One homeschooler’s experiences after high school and on to university.

The Guide Your Child’s Behavior Workbook is about 27 pages and it will give you many tips before you resort to corporal punishment if must go there as a parent.

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

The Narrative 9 of Children’s Books

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Nightly News With Safa : Safa’s tired of the same old sad news she sees on TV, so she comes up with a wonderful idea! She creates her own broadcast about the who, what, when, where, and why about her day at school. Her bedroom becomes her very own newsroom to tell her mom all about her day, pulling her mom away from the negative news on TV she gives her an upbeat news story to cheer her up…every night.

Zachariah’s Perfect Day : Farrah Qazi is the author of Zachariah’s Perfect Day, a beautiful book chronicling the first fasting day of a young Muslim boy. The book discusses the typical routine of Muslim families who fast during the month of Ramadan. It explains the purpose and benefit of fasting. It also speaks of the joy, peace and gratitude that envelop this holy month. The book is easy to read, and will be enjoyed by people of all faiths. Farrah Qazi is an author, lawyer, mother and tireless advocate for human rights and cohesive communities. Through her books, she hopes to foster better communication and appreciation between all cultures and religions. She is also a strong supporter of books and events that promote multiculturalism and diversity.

Islamic Nursery Rythmes : Islamic Nursery Rhymes is an endearing collection of nursery rhymes for young children to learn about the beautiful ways of Islam in a lovely experience of singing with their parents and elders. The rhymes in the book are traditional nursery rhymes reworded with timeless Islamic meaning. For example, ‘Oranges and Lemons’ is an historical rhyme about ringing the bells of East London churches as a man made his journey to his execution – and the version here, entitled ‘Assalam Alaykum’, is about mosques in East London spreading salaam (peace) and news of prayer time. The illustrations by Fatimah De Vaux Davies are attractive and highly detailed (yet faceless) to delight children and engage their interest in the actions of practicing Muslims. For example, one illustration depicts Muslims gathering around a large Qur’an that is spilling out light. In another, Muslims are performing ritual prayers upon the earth, while boats sail, and airplanes and rockets fly. These beautiful Islamic nursery rhymes can be used as songful remembrance of Allah as a resource for developing pre-recitation skills before reading the Qur’an.

Little Muslimah : Little Muslimah is a heartwarming story depicting a day in the life of a young Muslim girl growing up in the West. More than just a kids’ book about Islam, Little Muslimah beautifully captures the joy and innocence of childhood and the universal love between mother and child. Superbly presented with vibrant hand-painted illustrations by multi-award winning artist Hillary Scott. As a gentle introduction to the Islamic faith, complete with an Arabic-English glossary, this is a book to be enjoyed by children from all backgrounds and the perfect addition to any multi-ethnic library. Proudly published by Minaret Press – changing the face of Islamic children’s literature…one book at a time.

Big Elephant Fritz and The Ants: The tiny ants defeat big elephant Fritz’s threat when they decide to take action and fight for their right!  In this rhyming fantasy, the tiny ants unite and defend their colony’s mound.  They earn the respect of all the jungle animals even though they are the smallest creatures around. From beginning to end, children and adults will be intrigued by the book’s message, the enchanting creatures, and the vivid imagery. Book’s message: Stand up for your rights, no matter how small you are! With attached puzzle.

Adam to Zamzam: Adam to Zamzam is not just another children’s book. It is a stepping stone into reading proficiency. We introduce your child to the English alphabet in a fun and Islamic way. Inshallah, your child will learn the entire alphabet and pick up common English and Arabic vocabulary as well! Adam to Zamzam was created with the Muslim child in mind. However it’s also a great book for teaching cultural diversity in any home or classroom. For extra practice, please download our free alphabet flashcards from our Noon publications website. This level one reader is just the beginning of an awesome set in the making. Level 2-7 of the Islamic Phonics Series will be published over the next year. Your support will assist us in providing this much needed Islamic curriculum for our Muslim children. Thank you for helping us make this dream a reality.

Alhamdullilah For Series: is a mini gratitude journal created by two sisters Ayesha and Samina. Thus Ayeina (Aye+Ina). Genius isn’t? Masha’Allah. Ayeina also means mirror and their motto is ‘The believer is the believer’s mirror’.

When I grow Up: When I grow up I want to be a… A child’s imagination runs wild when it comes to thinking about their future! In this story, follow a little girl as her kindness and sense of adventure drive her to daydream about being a pediatrician, an astronaut and so much more. PLUS Introduce your child to Arabic writing and language!

The Shapes of Eid According to Me: From curvy crescents and swirly swirls to ovals, triangles and spheres, Eid is filled with shapes that are your very own. Follow this rhyming story of the many shapes of this special day.

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~