A choose your own adventure picture book, that doesn’t have anything Islamic specific, doesn’t seem to be written by a Muslim or illustrated by a Muslim, and that was found at the public library, starring a Muslim mom and daughter. Oh hurrah for beautiful illustrations, teachable moments, volume control in a library and the fun to read the story and have control over what happens next.
This 24 page book meant for kids in kindergarten to second or third grade is part of a series featuring diverse characters learning universal manners and making good choices. To see Muslims represent a universal lesson in a relatable environment is a great way to normalize seeing women in hijab in real life.
Haneen and her mom are at the library, and Haneen finds a book about fairies and cannot contain her excitement. Immediately the reader has to choose what Haneen does next. If she stays loud, the story ends rather quickly, but if she tries to keep her voice down, she might get to stay at the library a little longer.
There is a big test when she sees a friend, and disturbs a gentlemen working on the computer, but if you make good choices Haneen gets to check out two books. If your choices aren’t ideal you might have to just get the fairy book and get out, and if you really struggle to know how loud or quiet to be, you’ll have to come back another day and try again.
At the end of the book are some things to think about, to drive the point home. I love the line, “We are all free to make choices, but choices have consequences.” A great lesson for little ones, and a great reminder for older readers too.
The book is 9×8 and the expressions on the characters faces make the book a great option for circle time, story time, bedtime, and just to have on hands for kids to thumb through and enjoy. Well done!