This book celebrates moms over 43 pages, but focuses on the little things that make moms different and ultimately the same. Told from a little girl’s perspective as she sees other moms and daughters and wonders if her mom’s hijab makes her different. Some moms have spiky hair or curly hair, she notices some have black hair others blonde. Ultimately she realizes it isn’t the outside appearance that make a mom special.
The sparse text and sweet illustrations on the 9×9 pages makes the book perfect for toddlers and up; particularly as kids start to notice that people look different, and that not everyone wears a scarf.
The book starts with the asking of the question and then details some little things that moms and daughters do while looking different. They drop the girls off at school, they play hopscotch, go to the grocery store, read stories at the library, and laugh.
All moms she concludes are different in some ways, and the same in others. She then articulates that her mom is perfect and she wants to be like her when she grows up.
The book doesn’t specify why her mom wears a hijab and it is always called a scarf. The book is for Muslim and non Muslim children alike and is a great book to enjoy at bedtime or in small groups.
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!
This book published in 1999 was one of the first books I remember reading regularly to my Sunday school class, and reading it now as a mum myself makes it warm me all the more. In 34 warmly colored illustrations, this 8×8 book shares the story of how a little boy sees his mom. How impressed he is by her and how truly he loves her for all that she does, all that she is, and all that she shares with him.
As the story progresses from what she does within the home and family, to what she does for others, the little boy also imagines himself all grown up and his mum as a nan. He imagines that she will need him and he is ready and willing for when that time comes, to take care of her.
The book and illustrations target ages 3-6. Written in rhyming couplets, four lines per page, the story moves at a steady pace and the pictures are detailed and familiar enough to engage most kids at bed time or in small settings.
There are little Islamic specific tidbits sprinkled throughout that give parents or readers a chance to use it as a more specific teachable moment. Saying “salam, reading Quran, thanking Allah for the food they have, praying salat, giving charity, visiting the elderly, celebrating eid, obeying her, and caring for her in her old age to achieve jannah, inshaAllah.