I requested a copy to review and the author was kind enough to honor that request.
Author: Elizabeth Lymer
Illustrator: Azra Momin
Publisher : Aneesa Books
Hector Hectricity is about a biracial Muslim family called Parack who enjoys family times and matching socks. They find comfort in simple joys such as family picnics outdoors. Life was a breeze until they had to move to a new place and their matching socks started missing.
The mystery of the missing socks sends the mother of the house into stress mode and she implores her Lord and seeks others’ help to resolve the matter. And that’s the moral of this colorful children’s book; getting children to invoke the name of their Lord often and not to feel shy to ask for help.
My son enjoyed pointing at mother Parack. I guess it reminds him of me. He also giggled at my voice and intonations to entertain him. Finally, he kept wanting to stare at the front cover. *Laughs*
To continue, the book has a knitting guide at the end to make colorful socks. I love colors and I think I’ll try this activity just for fun.
Without being too subjective or biased, this children’s book is representative of my own family because I’m in a biracial marriage. And I like Hector Hectricity and the Missing Socks because it helps fill the diversity gap in children’s literature that I have also planned to fill in the future God willing.
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I received three free PDFs to review from Author Jameela Ho for my honest opinion. And the verdict is that this collection is a compelling parenting guide. Because I’m also a Love and Relationship Adviser, I think the methods laid out by sister Jameela Ho can also be applied to our marriages insha’Allah.
I started my review backward. By that, I mean I started reading the workbook first. Then, I read the Muslim Parenting Journal. And finally, I read the actual book. Normally, people read these the other way around. It doesn’t matter to me. What matters is that this method worked for me and I was able to get the benefits of the knowledge she passed down to me alhamdullilah.
So the 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.
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.
Below is the summary of the 19 techniques for better parenting.
Finally, the actual book ‘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.
I definitely recommend it to any parent who needs a fresh start with challenging children.
Thank you for reading,
I got my copy on Amazon here. You can buy yours there and/or on the Author’s website.
Go Away BAD mood
Author: Nayera Salam
Illustrator: Elsa Estrada
Publisher : Prolance
As a person who is always in a good mood, this children’s book called my name. I want to instill the value of a good character to my son so I had to get it.
My son and I read it and he enjoyed the graphics. He stayed focused longer than I thought. Later, he opened the book and told his own story as he flipped the pages -engrossed- of what he saw in his gibberish language while I puffed in laughter.
The story sends a powerful message to children; be courteous and a happy kid. The drawings are unique and beautiful. The text is also rhythmic and enjoyable.
It has a puzzle at the end. A great activity for little ones to make them think and solve problems. My little one made a confetti here, haha!
Here is the back cover.
Thank you for reading,