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While this is a nice intro and it introduces some phrases that my son is starting to learn (Alhamdullilah, Insha'allah, etc) as well as some I don't typically use a lot, I think it might be best for a slightly younger child, say 1-2. He is 3 and I think he could go for a little more "story" at this point rather than the writing style of this book. The pictures are cute though.
It's a very nicely made book, nice illustrations and good story (and very interesting story if you are familiar with Ibn Battuta, who was a real life muslim explorer, but simplified into a picture book for children!) It would also be suitable for a slightly older child and was enjoyable for me to look at too because of the nice pictures. My son liked following the "road" through the book.
Despite the fact that one of the reviewers said he purchased it for a three year old, the stories in my opinion are two advanced for enjoyment or understanding at this age. It has (in english) stories of all the prophets from the Quran. I quickly determined that it was too advanced for my son so I haven't read it all yet, I think it would be good for an older child who was old enough to read and understand it on their own and understand difficult concepts (maybe 10+). The illustrations (though they don't include people) are very lush and colorful.
I would love to hear your favorite muslim books for kids! I am looking for stories and books for my son that are about muslims and make basic concepts like praying, looking forward to eid, etc familiar and normal to him outside being just something mommy does, as we don't really have many other muslims in our lives unfortunately! Although he is 3 please feel free to mention books for any age kids (with age recommendations) so we can all benefit
I am especially looking for books that have nice pictures (beautiful drawings or even photos), along with a nice story or interesting text, I have to say the very limited islamic "kids books" that I've seen locally don't have very good illustrations (or writing), so I'm pretty much buying online and it can be hard to determine what the inside will be like.
I have found quite a few, islamic bookstore . com is local to me and has a wonderful selection. we have Qur'an stories, Basics of Islam (which is a series and gets more in depth as it goes) there are also some wonderful apps for IPAD like Kids-Dua, Hijaiya (teaches the alphabet and the sounds the letters make with each accent)..
Alhumdulillah, it is wonderful to see you here.. I am so excited that you and your son are doing well.
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Islam Jr. 09-20-2003 * Sumaiya-Alee 09-07-2007 *Angel Baby 01-08-2010
Thanks Farrah! I don't have an ipad and my son is still a bit young for the computer resources, but I am still on the lookout for good kids books. It would be great to have a local store to "browse before you buy" since it's hard to tell with kids books if they'll really bear repeat reading, if you don't look at them first.
I got two other books by the same author (J. Samia Mair) recently that I really like:
One of the things I liked about these books that seems hard to find with Islamic kids books is, they're not "teaching" books about this and that in Islam. They each have a story with characters, it has tie-ins to Islam (each story takes place on one of the Eid's) but it's not about how they go to the mosque, do the 5 prayers, (insert other instructional material about Islam). Instead, they just feature ordinary muslims and they each have an independent storyline that just "happens" to tie in with a FEW islamic concepts. I like the illustrations a bit better on Amira's totally chocolate world, but both are nice. In "The Perfect Gift" the family lives in a cabin in the woods and goes out for a walk on Eid morning, which reminded me a lot of where I grew up (which my son also loves to visit). The writing is a bit clunky in places but it's still way improved over a lot of Islamic kids' books I've seen, and they have unique storylines, nice colorful illustrations, and people with faces (I am really not a fan of the faceless people kid's books or no pictures... when I was a kid of my son's age the pictures were so important!)
There are various online stores which provide islamic books for children. These islamic story books help children achieve a better understanding of the islam religion and its values. These online stores also provide various books that can help a person to learn arabic conveniently.