The copy I have is called My Mummy’s Tummy, but the binding says My Mummy’s Fat Tummy, I would assume that they are the same book except for this one word, and I’m hoping they opted to remove it at the last minute. Actually, while on the title, it only works well for the first four pages and yes, it sets up the story of a new sibling, by page five, the baby is born and mom’s tummy is the least of big sister, Maryam’s worries.
The 24 page rhyming book, is a good introduction to what kids ages 3-6 can expect with a new sibling. From Mummy’s large tummy, to having to stay with an Aunt when Mummy’s tummy starts hurting, Maryam is excited to have a new baby sister, except it ends up being a baby brother. And while she is promised someone to play with, initially all he does is cry and sleep. With gentle prodding by her parents and islamic reminders of patience and kindness, by the end of the book the baby is nearly one and his favorite person is his big sister Maryam, alhumdulillah.
I love the diversity of the parents, and the acknowledging that changes are hard without being condescending or dismissive. The book stays positive and hopeful and reminds us to keep Allah close to us when dealing with challenges and dreaming of the future.
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.