The One – A Children’s Book Review

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Author:  Manaal Jafrey-Razaque

Illustrator : Tanya Emelyanova

Publisher : Prolance

What will it accomplish? Pious Muslim children who will exhibit taqwa insha’Allah

Summary: The One is a fun-to-read, rhyming storybook about Allah that touches upon fundamentals of His creation, proving Allah’s existence, and introducing some of His attributes for children to grasp from an early age in order to instill awe and love for Him, even though He cannot be seen.

Our Thoughts: The One is a 32 page children’s book in The Fundamental Series of Author Manaal Jafrey-Razaque. It’s definitely about fundamental education to inculcate to our Muslim children the presence of Allah even if they don’t see Him. The book strives to show children that the signs of the Creator are all around us and that is enough to take heed and believe in His ubiquitous presence.

The One will for sure help us raise young believers by teaching them 18 out of the 99 names of Allah. That said the book is not preachy at all. The drawings of everything Allah created are cute and inviting throughout the book. My son cooed with delight at the illustrations. It was precious masha’Allah.

Allah’s Attributes are used in English so they can appeal to non-Muslims who believe in The One as well. It’s at the end of The One that we get a summary of the 18 Attributes of Allah used through this rhyming read. And that’s a good way to start teaching children about Islam without overwhelming them. I recommend it to all Muslim parents.

There are also sprinkles of beautiful Quranic verses and one hadith on the rewards of learning all 99 names in The One.

Now, here is a sneak peek page of this wonderful children’s book:

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A few things on the Writer and Designer:

  • The Author Manaal.J.R is a Muslim-American born and raised in Southern California. She attended the University of Southern California for her Bachelor’s Degree.
  • The Illustrator Tanya.E is Russian and has a studio in Saint-Petersburg. Follow them on Facebook.

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Finally, buy your copy here! I received a free copy 🙂 #alhamdullilah

Our Rating : 5/5

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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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~

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.

Go Away BAD MOOD -A Review

I got my copy on Amazon here. You can buy yours there and/or on the Author’s website.

 

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Go Away BAD mood
Author: Nayera Salam
Illustrator: Elsa Estrada
Publisher : Prolance
As a person who is always in a good mood, this children’s book called my name. I want to instill the value of a good character to my son so I had to get it.

My son and I read it and he enjoyed the graphics. He stayed focused longer than I thought. Later, he opened the book and told his own story as he flipped the pages -engrossed- of what he saw in his gibberish language while I puffed in laughter.

The story sends a powerful message to children; be courteous and a happy kid. The drawings are unique and beautiful. The text is also rhythmic and enjoyable.

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It has a puzzle at the end. A great activity for little ones to make them think and solve problems. My little one made a confetti here, haha!

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Here is the back cover.

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Thank you for reading,

Papatia Feauxzar

 

Nightly News With Safa – A Review

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Synopsis: Safa’s tired of the same old, sad news she sees on TV, so she comes up with a wonderful idea!  She creates her own broadcast about the who, what, when, where, and why about her day at school. Her bedroom becomes her very own newsroom to tell her mom all about her day, pulling her mom away from the negative news on TV she gives her an upbeat news story to cheer her up…every night.

Age Range: I would say 3+

Author: Helal Musleh

Illustrator : Hatem Aly

Publisher: Prolance, 2016

Price : $15 on Amazon

What to expect: Creativity, Love, Positivity, Change

Nightly News With Safa is about a young brave and perceptive girl who decided to entertain her mother and herself after she noticed that the news channel is filled with depressive information.

About 18 pages, the texts are simple to follow for young readers in my opinion. The illustrations are also very beautiful. Any child of any faith can relate to the story because it depicts the current state of affairs where Muslims and non-Muslims children alike fear the news and have started asking questions to their parents.

The book also implies to children that they can grow and make a difference. They just need to believe in themselves. It was a great and lovely idea from Author Helal to put this story together.

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Buy Nightly News With Safa here

Follow the Author here please.

Houb Salam (Peace and Love),

Papatia Feauxzar