Bilal Cooks Daal — A Review

Bilal Cooks Daal

Summary : Six-year-old Bilal introduces his friends to his favorite dish—daal!—in this charming picture book that showcases the value of patience, teamwork, community, and sharing.

Six-year-old Bilal is excited to help his dad make his favorite food of all-time: daal! The slow-cooked lentil dish from South Asia requires lots of ingredients and a whole lot of waiting. Bilal wants to introduce his friends to daal. They’ve never tried it! As the day goes on, the daal continues to simmer, and more kids join Bilal and his family, waiting to try the tasty dish. And as time passes, Bilal begins to wonder: Will his friends like it as much as he does?

This debut picture book by Aisha Saeed, with charming illustrations by Anoosha Syed, uses food as a means of bringing a community together to share in each other’s family traditions.

Author : Aisha Saeed

Illustrator : Anoosha Syed

Publisher: Salaam Reads

Review and thoughts : Bilal Cooks Daal is the third book by the author that I have read where the name Bilal occurs alhamdullilah. She must certainly like the name masha’Allah alhamdullilah. I like that this time it didn’t come unintentionally mis-constructed to me like it did in the first two instances.

Overall, Bilal Cooks Daal is rhythmic, and it teaches children to be patient. It also teaches them colors, smell, taste, and mathematics. This is wonderful all around. The illustrations are also well done. We didn’t find any issue in the book, too. Alhamdullilah.

Find it on Amazon here.

Rating : 5/5

Thank you for reading,

~ A Ducktrinor Mom ~

Childhood Champions (Book I & Book II) – A Review

Assalamu aleikum,

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I received these two books depicted above by Muslim Author George Green, and I enjoyed reading them alhamdullilah. I can’t wait for my son to be able to read them for himself one day insha’Allah.

Title: No Ordinary Day

Series: Childhood Champions

Publisher: Echo Books

Author: George Green is a passionate author/ motivational speaker from New York City who inspires with words and his dedication to giving back to the community. He overcame his troubled childhood by leaving the city to attend college at Auburn University. With the love and encouragement of his family, George earned his Bachelor’s degree with a double major in English and Psychology. You can learn more at his website here.

Synopsis: Eight year old Ibrahim and friends win a Quran competition, where the prize sees them scoring tickets to watch an exciting football game after their class is paid a visit by Hakeem Mohammed, a star football player from the California Spartans.Hakeem Mohammed and the California Spartans are in New York City for one of the most anticipated football games of the season.  Ibrahim and friends unite with Hakeem in the locker room to meet the team before the big game. Though their meetings with Hakeem were brief, he instilled a life long impression before going on to star in one of the most memorable games in football. This story unfolds in No Ordinary Day, the first book from ‘Childhood Champions’, a new series of stories about a group of Muslim children in New York City and their daily adventures.

Thoughts: While there is a strong Islamic theme woven through this story, it didn’t turn me off. The execution was well done. I’m also happy to see that my son can read this in the future and say, ‘Look! There is an American Muslim authored book with my name in it!’ Masha’Allah well done.

Rating: 5/5

No Ordinary Day is available here on Amazon.

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Title: The Project

Series: Childhood Champions

Publisher: Echo Books

Author: George Green

SynopsisThe Project is the story of Ibrahim and his friends, who are determined to work together as a team to win first prize at their school science fair. However, Yasin decides to make an effort to complete the project alone. This is a story of how much more can be achieved as part of a team than individually and the unexpected rewards that teamwork can deliver. This story unfolds in The Project, the second book from ‘Childhood Champions’, a series of stories about a group of Muslim children in New York City and their daily adventures.

Thoughts: I really like book 2 with the recurring characters of book 1. In this tome, Green makes it clear that it’s about teamwork. Consequently, these childhood champions get to find out that team work wins, always. The author did a good job catering to an often neglected market with buying power. In addition, it’s also about representation. Above all, I applaud the author for doing that most importantly.

Rating: 4/5

The Project is available on Amazon here.

 

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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Latest Muslim Children Books

Bismillah,

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Two of these arrived yesterday from CreateSpace, and we cut it a little close but we made it alhamdullilah. I loved all these manuscripts the minute I read them masha’Allah. I had to have them 🙂 subhanallah. So DKP accepted them all! There are four of the most creative and loveliest children’s book stories I have ever read mA! I pray we can find more stories like that for Muslim children insha’Allah. My son enjoys the illustrations for sure.

Little Blue Skater Boy : When Isa is asked to take biriyani to his Nanni’s house, someone decides to jump out at him and then tag along. A re-telling of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ with many twists.

Imagine : It’s bedtime! Yunus wants to talk but his sister Saarah goes on a imagining spree. She talks about animals, and dinosaurs and aliens as friends. She talks about sending an Eid gift to orphans and cooking extra meals in Ramadan for the poor, and a whole lot more! A fun, creative story, that also shows a loving sibling relationship.

Who Could I Be? Through the book, children will learn about animals and their distinctive features, and the repetitive use of questioning encourages them to use the clues to keep guessing and wanting to turn the page to find out what animal it is. Most importantly, it sheds light on and promotes the beauty of our Creator’s creations.

Kamillah the Butterfly : Kamillah is a caterpillar who is struggling to understand life’s changes. With a friend by her side and discovering a beautiful surprise at the end of her cycle, she happily accepts the biggest change. A lovely book any child can relate too. It will definitely leave little ones wanting to read it repeatedly.

Of course they are all 5 stars for me. Read them and tell us if they don’t deserve that rating ;)!

 

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

A Gift From Jannah – A Review

Launch Poster A Gift from Jannah

AuthorHira Khan is the creator and founder of BirthKeeper, providing Doula Services in the Toronto area and Prenatal Education to the global Muslim community since 2009.

Illustrator :  Jenny Reynish lives and works near Colchester in Essex, in the UK. She works as a freelance illustrator, having produced illustrations for various publishers of books and magazines in the UK and USA, as well as card designs.

PublisherProlance

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Thoughts: A Gift From Jannah is a 34 page children’s book  with wonderful illustrations that helps satisfy the curiosity of children about their birth. It uses an easy to follow theist approach to explain the origin of babies without having to recourse to birds and bees talk yet. It’s ingenious and creative. I recommend it to parents who seek an easy answer to give to their younger children who have many questions. We can all agree that it’s really not easy sometimes to explain things to children they might not grasp at a young age.

Please get your copy on the author’s website here.

Rating: 4/5

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

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~