Mel: And His Trouble With One Thousand Shoes — A Review

Assalamu aleikum!

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Summary: “And do not walk on the earth proudly…”  Quran 17 : 37 

Mel the millipede collected one thousand shoes. They were his prized jewels. He wore them and walked around with his head held high. He looked proud and arrogant as he passed by. The other bugs warned him of his obsession. Snail told him that humbleness is more important than fashion. When Mel was in trouble trying to save his shoes from a flood, Moth flew to his rescue and they became buds. Mel learned to appreciate friends more than elegance. And that being grateful is better than arrogance.

Author: Somayeh Zomorodi was born in Iran and spent most of her childhood in her grandfather’s garden among colorful flowers and trees. Adventure games and the world of imagination gave her a happy childhood. She was later inspired by that and wanted to share this childish pleasure to not only her lovely three children but all the children of the world. She has a bachelor`s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in Translation studies and is teaching and doing research in the field of children’s literature. She wishes for all children to have happy and safe childhoods. She dreams to create big smiles on their faces and wisdom through her stories and poems.
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Illustrator: N.Broomand
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Review: It’s so easy for confidence to spill into arrogance. As we all know, arrogance only belongs to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. So, to this end, Mel: And His Trouble With One Thousand Shoes is to help us remember golden Islamic maxims and about remaining humble in the face of having a lot of blessings for our success is only by Allah. While we may want others to be happy for us at times when we reach certain milestones, that can also border on showing off.
Overall, Mel: And His Trouble With One Thousand Shoes is a colorful tale that is wonderfully illustrated with a great lesson. Adults and children can all learn from this tale as accumulating unnecessary worldly gains can weigh a person down.
Sneak peak…
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Rating: 5/5

Thank you for reading,

~ A Ducktrinor Mom ~

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