Some time ago I stumbled upon the website of the publisher Greenbird Books, a Muslim publisher in the United Kingdom. I was happy to find picture books that not only were imaginatively designed, but that would inspire the imaginations of young children. Picture books use a combination of pictures and words to tell a story; in many cases the pictures tell more of the story. Picture books appeal to young children and children up to ages seven (but even older children and adults find them interesting as well!).
On Monday they marched through a great green land, singing……
Let’s Go Dua Catching is a story that takes your child on a journey with a little boy named Eesa and his pet, Mr. Cat. They travel around the world; over seas, through hot deserts and up tall mountains as they search for his dua. All through the book we hear Eesa remember Allah and children will love to join in by repeating the refrain, “Allah hu Akbar.” But Eesa learn that His Creator Allah knows everything, including his dua. This book is a wonderful book for reading aloud. The watercolour illustrations are beautiful, with just enough detail to capture the child’s attention without crowding the page. Infact the pictures have a somewhat tender dreamy quality to them which ties in well with how the book ends.
Title: Let’s Go Dua Catching
Author: Anaya Nayeer
Publisher: Greenbird Books
Reading Level: 5-7 years (Read On Own)
Interest Level: 2-6 years (Read Aloud)
Somewhere in the North Pole very deep and very far, a Polar Bear dances under a brightly lit star. He sings,
“I am the Polar Shape bear, the Polar Shape bear, come follow me if you dare !”
I’m on my way to find a SQUARE. In the middle of Square land a Masjid lay, it called to prayer so everybody came to pray “Oh thank you Allah for all things, come what may! And along came the Polar Shape bear that day ….
”Assalamu alaikum, I am the Polar Shape bear I have come from far to find a square, just like that green one you have right there!” …
In Polar Shape Bear we meet a lively polar bear who introduces children to shapes. He finds them in masjids in various places. By the end of the book Polar Shape bear uses the shapes he collected to spell out a word. This book will appeal to very young children with its clear, vibrant and simple illustrations. The book introduces the child to basic shapes (circle, square and triangle). Children will be captivated by the bear’s smile and will find themselves joining in and singing with him.
Title: Polar Shape Bear
Author: Ayesha Daoud
Illustrator: Uthman Zafar
Publisher: Greenbird Books
Reading Level: 5-6 years (Read On Own)
Interest Level: 2-4 years (Read Aloud)