Naiya in Nature – A Kid Yoga Book Review

 

Author: Shazia Latif

Illustrator : Palalee Puru

Publisher : Prolance

What to expect: A Relaxed Mind, Serenity, and Inner Peace

Summary:  When Naiya wakes up to her busy, loud surroundings, she decides to escape into nature! In this book, Naiya teaches you seven beginner yoga poses, to breathe and, most importantly, to smile!

 

Naiya in Nature is a children’s book that I enjoyed reading with my son. It awoke the child in me as I love nature and peace of mind. We dusted off my yoga mat and we attempted to do yoga as mother and son. It was a bonding activity for sure alhamdullilah.

Naiya in Nature is about 24 pages and the drawings are absolutely beautiful and cute masha’Allah. The text is also easy to read. As we read, we also realize that not only us, parents, get stressed from our surrounding due to our daily responsibilities. Children also do and they need an outlet to stay happy children. And Naiya the main character of the book overcomes her unwelcomed feelings by loosing herself in nature and practicingeasy yoga moves.

I recommend Naiya in Nature to both parents and children alike because yoga is a fun relaxing activity.

Get your copy on Amazon here or on the Author’s website.

P.S. You can read more on Yoga and Islam here.

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Islamic Nursery Rhymes by Elizabeth Lymer – A Review

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Description: 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.

Author: Elyzabeth Lymer

Illustrator : Fatimah De Vaux Davies

Publisher: Mindworks Publishing

Price : $9.13 on Amazon for the paperback and $1.99 for the Kindle version

What to expect: Easy rhymes to keep your young children alert and focused

Why do we need nursery rhymes and Islamic rhymes for that matter? We need nursery rhymes because it has been proven that rhymers are readers and help children in five ways summarized below:

– Language development

– Reading skills

– Math Concepts

– Creative Dramatization

– Comfort and Support

As Muslims, instilling an Islamic foundation to our children would be the sixth reason why we would want to teach them Lymer’s rhymers. They are indeed a good way to teach Islam to youngsters in my opinion. My son loves sounds and I don’t let him listen to regular rhymes with instruments so this collection is truly a blessing. He gets excited and jams to it. Alhamdullilah for an halal alternative.

I also like the fact that each nursery rhyme in the paperback indicates which traditional children song to rhyme it to. But if you want to buy the the actual MP3 songs to know how the author actually made it work, you can purchase yours on Google Play, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and/or many other places where tunes are sold. I definitely recommend it to Muslim mothers.

*I received a free copy PDF and a free MP3 soundtrack for my honest opinion.*