The Shapes of Eid, According To Me

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Author: Samia Khan

Illustrator : Maria Ahmed

Publisher : Prolance

What to expect: A cheerful, smart and grateful child

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Summary: 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.

The Shapes of Eid, According To Me is a fast read of 28 pages. It will help teach children several shapes like crescent, stars, domes, and many more shapes to them. There are tidbits of Chicago’s landmarks in this book I recognized in the illustrations because we just had a family trip there. It’s safe to say that I recognized the cloud gate around Magrib time or sunset and a lake I believed was the Michigan Lake by night.

Now, perhaps I should reviewed this free copy I received during Ramadhan because The Shapes of Eid, According To Me pertains more to Eid-ul-Fitr but it didn’t happen. That said, the shapes of Eid stays the same for the big Eid too. So, you can still acquire this goodie for your children for Eid-al-Adha.

Finally, The Shapes of Eid, According To Me is a rhymer that will help children with math concepts besides the reading component. Get your copy! The next Eid is around the corner 🙂 insha’Allah!

Rating : 4/5

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

 

 

 

Big Elephant Fritz and The Tiny Ants

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Big Elephant Fritz and The Tiny Ants was reminiscing of a folklore tale I heard when I was still young. The difference here was the number of ants fighting the good fight instead the only one in my version.

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It’s a very cute story with a moral. Children need to know that just because they are small they shouldn’t take disrespect from anybody. A confident and rightly outspoken child goes a long way

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This is the second story by Author Nayera Salam that we have the privilege to review. My son clapped his hands when I got to the end of the story and exclaimed ‘Yay!’ We both understood the brave ants had won. He kept clapping until I said, ‘Ok, enough haha!’ He also enjoyed the deep elephant voice I mustered to make it laugh, yet focused.

Big Elephant Fritz and The Tiny Ants is beautiful designed with some arabesque flavor, the Illustrator Bina Damodar   did a great job with the vibrant and beautiful colors she picked. Well done!

My rating : 5/5

Thank you for reading,

Papatya*

 

‘When I Grow Up’ by Sundus Iraq

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When I Grow Up by Sundus Iraq is a children’s book that has become my favorite! Why? Because it has Arabic writing. It’s perfect to instill the language to children. Arabic seeds indeed I’ll keep iA.

The Author Sundus Iraq is also the Illustrator. This preschooler’s book teaches our children to dare to dream to become or do anything they put their minds to.

The book is realistic because I remembered my son who doesn’t speak English yet wanting to be very independent and do the same things we do.

For instance, he wants to drink in regular glasses and use normal spoons instead of children’s eating ware. I drew parallels with my son and the protagonist of When I Grow Up and smiled cheerfully.

You can get your copy on Amazon or the publisher’s website along with other wonderful children’s books.

Now, here is a sneak peek page. Lovely isn’t?sundus 3 sneak page

Thank you for reading,

A Ducktrinor Mom

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

Little Muslimah – A Review

Little Muslimah is a 32 pages Children’s book by Umm Sumayyah and designed by Hillary Scott. It depicts the love between a mother and a daughter.

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The illustrations are rich and colorful. The faces of the characters have wittingly been covered with objects surrounding them.

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In this book, Little Muslimah asked her Mom why she is loved and her mother told her the reason as a bedtime story. I enjoyed the story as it makes us realize that we need to be grateful for our children too. Children rely on us, yes. But we need them too in order to have clarity of mind and stay happy.

Thank you for reading,

Papatya*

Fitra Journal: The Muslim Homeschool Quarterly: Getting Started Volume 1 Issue 1

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Fitra Journal: The Muslim Homeschool Quarterly: Getting Started

is a nice collection of testaments by Muslim Homeschoolers, a few of which are men masha’Allah. I loved this free treat because the contributors provide many resources and some of their opinions mirror my current state of mind. I’ll not impose anything on my son. I’ll continue to let him roam free and discover things on his own and intervene when he needs me. This was reinforced by the scripture which says that for the first seven years of a child’s life, play with the child. In the next seven years, teach them, and in the last seven years (by 21 years), be a friend. So I plan to do just that because I have a full load of tasks already.

To get back to the review, Fitra’s first issue is divided in five chapters. Chapter 1 deals with ‘Where to Start’. Chapter 2 with ‘The Fundamentals’, Chapter 3 talks about ‘Socializing, Support and Self Care’, and Chapter 4 is ‘Further Outside The Box’. Finally, Chapter 5 is about ‘Resources We Love’. Each section is exactly what it sells. It’s on point.

Now, preparation is the key and this issue is very helpful and resourceful because I tell you homeschooling information can be draining and overwhelming! While I have to get the man of the house to agree to homeschool when the kiddo reaches 7 years old, the testaments of Karima Heraoua titled ‘How I Got My Husband To Homeschool’ in particular gives me hope. We have plenty of time to see eye-to-eye on this issue insha’Allah. The kiddo is such a social butterfly and socialization is the main concern. And contributor Jamila Alqarnain addresses this issue and ways to counteract it. Besides, I try my best to make sure the kiddo doesn’t become sheltered.

Klaudia Khan and Saira Siddiqui’s point of views were also very valuable as I felt like they were talking to me in ‘Learning to speak their language‘ and ‘Understanding Child’s Play’ respectively.

Now, I need to get my copy of Miraj Audio because I use an eclectic source with morals from traditional story books which is fine but I want religious tones instilled in my child as well as we ride this homeschool journey we started in November 2015. I’ve always wondered if there was such a thing like Miraj Audio or if it was something I needed to design for the needs of my child. And there is. Alhamdullilah for the help of all these homeschoolers trying to make it easy for us.Jazakh’Allah khair to y’all!

My rating: 5/5

 

The Ducktrinors: Reading the Past from the Future (A Review By Tohib Adejumo)

Front cover the DucksReviews are works of literature that critics use to tell people about books. They give the summary of the book, praise some aspects of it – if they like it, or criticize both the writing and the writer to the tee should they find it unlikeable, and then give their overall take on the work. Well, in the next two to four paragraphs, I will be doing a literary exercise akin to a review on Papatia Feauxzar’s The Ducktrinors, but without all the formalities.

Let’s start.

See, I like the book. The characters are so real even though the book is a sci-fi. Yes, you heard it right. A Muslim fiction not talking about marriage and divorce, but telling of a future, which may not be as far from us as we might like to think. The book tells of a future, a time of anarchy, of oppression, of immorality, of a point where people of faith are pushed to the fringes – no scratch that –a time when they are pushed away from identifying with their faiths. But, in this time, there are few people willing and itching to restore sanity back to the world, and that’s where Hanifa, Our Heroine, comes in.

Oh yes, I love that Hanifa girl. Feauxzar sure knows how to make out a perfect character through making her full of zeal, brain, wisdom, and imperfections. The girl is on a mission, but the mission doesn’t turn her into an angel. Although Hanifa is living in the days of utter moral decadence and she’s devoting all of herself to battle the incubators of these wayward lifestyle, the Seculars, she’s still a young woman with fantasies, crushes, and… well, go read yourself!

Okay, these are the three things I like most about the book:

·         The characters: They’re not extra-ordinary Muslims without pitfalls. Rather, they’re Muslims struggling like every other Muslim. And on top of that, they’re on a mission. Once again, Hanifa, you will fall in love with her. And you’re sure to like Dawud, the young spy and master of technology, too.

·         The Subtle Mirror: The book is set in the future with a mirror of nostalgia. This shows the brilliance of Feauxzar. She makes the book inform us in subtle ways how problems such us sectarianism and group mentalities can be handled through a sneak into the future.

·         The Déjà vu:  Yes, you can read the battle of Badr from the story. When you see the characters in action, you’re quickly thrown back in time, and you experience a double connection – reading the past from the future.

The Ducktrinorsis the first of its kind in the realm of Muslim fiction, and it is a powerful, poignant, and compelling one. Feauxzar has given us a wonderful, insightful, and interesting work of fiction to enjoy and give to our young ones. They – young ones – will be able to get a kick out of the sci-fi of the fiction and lessons out of the signs of the Last Day embedded in it. And oh, lest I forget: you can remove a romance writer from romance fiction, but you cannot remove romance fiction from her, so while the fate of the thenummah may be resting on the shoulders of  Hanifa Ducktrinor, there may still be time for, well, a tiny bit of romance…

 

~Tohib Adejumo is a Nigerian blogger and the author of Love in Ramadan. He spent most of his childhood and adolescent years inIbadan, Nigeria where he attended Ad-Din International School. He graduated from Government College, Ibadan in 2009 and he holds a degree in Liberal Arts from Borough of Manhattan Community College. He is currently a baccalaureate scholar at Hunter College of the City University of New York where he focuses on Socio-Cultural Psychology and African History and Politics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.~