Synopsis: Everyone in the village knows not to come near the cranky, old monkey Rico or his precious bananas. However, after some unwanted encounters, Rico learns a life-changing lesson. Find out how in this heart-warming tale of friendship, kindness and the power of prayer.
Age Range: 4 to 6 years old
Author: Tayyaba Syed is an award-winning author and freelance journalist. Her work
has been featured in numerous publications including NPR, Islamic Horizons, Azizah Magazine, Chicago Crescent, Halal Consumer and Chicago Parent. She also co-authored four chapter books in the popular kids’ series Jannah Jewels. Tayyaba works as the Research Specialist for Daybreak Press and a Curriculum Consultant for Whitestone Foundation’s Author Development Program. She also designs unique plots for Noor Kids educational books as their Creative Developer. You can read more about her at her website.
Illustrator : Melani Putri is an illustrator based in Jakarta, Indonesia. After finishing her visual art education at Bandung Institute of Technology, she has been focusing on children’s book illustration and has won the National Folktale Illustration award in 2016. Her illustration works include children’s books, greeting cards, posters and stationery.
Please visit her website at www.memels.com.
Thoughts: The Blessed Bananas is a one of a kind Muslim fable with 50 pages. Like all fables, it teaches a morale. If you have a child who doesn’t like sharing, this is perhaps a book you should have because it teaches one to share. The illustrations are also bright and beautiful masha’Allah.
My only criticisms are that I found the book a bit preachy and over the required number of pages for a traditionally published children’s book.
You can order you at https://www.tayyabasyed.com/bookstore.
~I received a free copy for the purpose of this review.~
Thank you for reading,
~A Ducktrinor Mom~