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Would you fancy a world made of chocolate? October 26, 2013

What is it?

Amira’s Totally Chocolate World – a hardcover book

What’s the price?

RM30.00

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • Beautifully illustrated with brilliant colours
  • Indulges in the ultimate childhood fantasy – a world made of chocolate. Yummy!
  • Instead of the using “magic” as normally used in children’s stories, this story tells of the power of Amira’s total belief in Allah the Al-Mighty Creator – she believes that by asking in a du’a, Allah will provide.

Review

The book tells the story of Amira, who loves chocolate so much, she wishes for everything in the world to be made of chocolate. She lives with her family in their house which is surrounded by a beautiful garden of flowers and trees, nearby the ocean. She keeps making du’a, having faith that Allah the Al-Mighty will grant this wish for her. As the story goes, when she wakes up on the morning of Eid, she looks out the window of her bedroom, and lo and behold – every single flower, every blade of grass, every drop of rain is chocolatey. The rainbow is made from different types of chocolate and ocean gives dark, foamy waves – how mouth-watering is that?

When she feels she had enough taste of all chocolate around her, she heads back home. Only then she realizes that she could not smell the normally fragrant flowers and grass, and suddenly she misses the beautiful hues of colours all around her, that she’s taken for granted. She remembers that plants and animals need water to live, not chocolate. So she made another du’a to Allah to return the world back to the way He made it. And… what do you know, she wakes up from her sleep. She runs out and rejoices in the beautiful world that Allah has made, just as it should be.

What I like about it

The first thought that comes to my mind is this book is one great childhood fantasy. What child wouldn’t love a world where everything is made of chocolate, so they can eat everything chocolate? Simply imagining a chocolate ocean and a rainbow with different types of chocolates – wow! My daughter simply loves it – she actually asked me what is the specific du’a that Amira recited to transform the world into edible chocolate. The beautiful illustration helps a lot; it simply brings the fantasy world to life. Unlike normal fantasy tales for children, this one tells the story from a Muslim perspective – where the special miracle happens on Eid, and Amira asks from Allah to transform the world, not by waving a magic wand on Christmas eve.

What I don’t like about it

Nothing major. The sentences are a bit long, as the age suitability is from 5 years old, so reading out the book quickly is quite a task for kids who want to get to the ending of the story quickly.

Conclusion

Instead of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, try picking up this book instead – good for the imagination and for the soul. Can’t get any better than that.

 

Learning the Suratul Fatihah – the fun way April 20, 2013

What is it?

My Furqan – Suratul Fatihah “The Opening”

What’s the price?

RM49.90

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • Beautifully illustrated and brightly coloured hard pages
  • Comes in two languages, English and Malay
  • Each page contains a single sentence from the Surah with flaps that break up the words in the sentence
  • The opposite page gives a brief desciption of the sentence, in simplified words, easily understandable by young children

Review

Surah Al-Fatihah, the first & foremost surah in the Holy Quran, is the leader, if you will, of all surahs, which is why it is called The Opening. It is the one of the pillars of solat, and when used correctly, can cure a great number of illnesses.

So it is only befitting that as a Muslim, the first surah that a parent should teach his/her child is the Surah al-Fatihah. And what better way to teach a child than with a cute, fun book that has secret hiding places?

As we know, all surahs of the Quran tell stories of important lessons, and the Opening tells the most important lesson – that Allah our Mighty Creator, is the Most Gracious, Most Merciful, the Master of the Day of Judgement. The One we worship and the One we seek help from, always.

These are important lessons for a young Muslim, yet are quite heavy and can be complicated for them to understand. The cute illustrations come in handy in explaining further the meanings of the Al Fatihah, the concept of God and satan, of good deeds and bad deeds.

What I like about it

From a child’s eye, I would find the flaps most interesting – what kid wouldn’t love a little game of hide and seek? The illustrations itself tells a story – my daughter would make comments such as “Why is the girl afraid?” “Look, she’s going to school!” “They’re having a picnic.” You can always elaborate on these comments and ask them what they think is happening in the picture, and you’ll be surprised at your own child’s answers.

What I don’t like about it

I have to admit it’s a bit pricey, but do consider the knowledge it offers, in such a fun and appealing package. It’s better to read together  with your child, though, as the flaps are a little fragile and can be torn in little excited hands.

Conclusion

This book sure packs a punch of learning fun, makes a great Opening in any household. A gold treasure indeed.

 

A day in My Life – the Muslim version March 12, 2013

What is it?

Sehari dalam Hidupku – Panduan & Adab-adab serta Doa-doa Harian Kanak-kanak Muslim

What’s the price?

RM10

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • Beautifully illustrated and brightly coloured pages
  • Provide Islamic supplications for every activity, from waking up in the morning to going to bed at night
  • Provide some simple guides of Islamic manners for daily application
  • Features a giant poster of summarized supplications

Review

The book starts off with the most important statement – “Islam dan ahklak tidak boleh dipisahkan” meaning that Islam and good manners are inseparable. To be a Muslim means to be a person with good manners and sound values.

There are supplications for practically everything – waking up in the morning, going to the toilet, getting dressed, mealtimes, travelling, studying, supplications for parents and of course, for prayer times.

There are clocks on the activities, indicating the ideal time suggested for waking up, prayer times, going to school and others. There are additional supplications such as supplications after sneezing, for when visiting a sick person, for when learning the Quran and preparing for prayers. There are also additional information on the 5 prayers and how to determine the prayer times.

What I like about it

This book is not just for kids, its suitable for adults too. It’s simply fascinating to look at – the bright colours and cute characters, big fonts and simple language, making it easy to read and very attractive for young children. The giant poster is can be hung up on the wall for easy reference, also doubling as room decor. Talk about educational and useful room decor.

What I don’t like about it

Nothing at all!

Conclusion

At R10, this book is such a steal and will benefit people of all ages. A must have for Muslim households!

 

Muslim talking friends – not your average dolls December 13, 2012

What is it?

Aamina the Muslim talking doll, girl version

Yousuf the Muslim talking doll, boy version

What’s the price?

RM199 including postage nationwide

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • There are 5 pressable spots – the nose, the 2 hands and 2 feet
  • When pressed, the dolls would say different Islamic phrases, recite surahs and sing several songs
  • Approximately 43 cm in height and 25 cm in width
  • Watch Aamina in action here

Review

When you think of dolls, I bet the first thing you’ll think of is a Barbie doll, with the slim body, blue eyes and blond hair. Not only Barbie dolls are far too showy for Muslims, I’ve read that they portray bad body image for a girl. It tells a girl, that in order to be pretty, you need to have a pencil thin body just like Barbie, which I think is completely untrue. True beauty comes from the inside, not just a pretty face and a one-size fits all body shape.

This is the first time ever that I’ve come across a Muslim doll that covers up the female aurat properly. It gets better – these dolls talk in  adorable voices when you press the 5 points on the body i.e. the nose, the 2 hands and 2 feet. My kids’ favourite is definitely the nose; press it and it’ll say “Atchoo! Alhamdulillah.” See Aamina in action here.

The dolls say various Islamic phrases, with translation of the phrases such as Bismillah, Assalamualaikum and many others. They recite 2 surahs with translations – Surah al Fatihah and Surah Al Ikhlas. They also sing nursery ryhmes that have been changed into Muslim versions.

What I like about it

I love these dolls, especially Aamina, which I think is a perfect companion for young children. My daughter couldn’t stop smiling when I first gave her the doll, cradling her like a baby, pressing the nose again and again. She has already begin to hum along with the songs and repeat the phrases.

What I don’t like about it

The price is quite expensive, as these dolls are imported from UK. And I think that Yousuf’s lips are too bright, as if he’s wearing lipstick. Heh.

Conclusion

While I agree that they are a bit pricey, I think it’s a worthwhile investment and great way to incorporate learning through play. It sure beats Barbie a mile long, though.

 

Thank You o Allah! – lessons of gratitude 2 December 1, 2012

What is it?

Thank You o Allah! – a hardcover picture book

What’s the price?

RM30.00

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • A short lesson in gratitute and thankfulness
  • Beautifully simple illustrations with short sentences that rhymes

Review

The first thing that comes to my mind when I turn the pages, are how beautiful the illustrations are. The whole thing is like a mini galleria captured in a book. If you’ve ever seen any of Eric Carle’s books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, well, this is something like that but in Islamic version.

It can be difficult to teach young children how to be thankful and the concept of Allah the Creator. This book is a great starting point. In the beautiful pictures, it shows that all the food, the clothes, the days and nights, the mountains and rivers, even our sense of sight, hearing and smell, are all gifts from Allah.

What I like about it

Apart from the nicely rhymed sentences and beautiful pictures, I love the fact that a children’s book could teach so much about gratitude and thankfulness. This is essential in building humble, modest human beings and instilling that deep down inside, we are all the same.

What I don’t like about it

Nothing at all.

Conclusion

A heart-warming lesson in gratitude, in compact, beautifully illustrated books that will not only capture a child’s heart, but also mesmerize the parent. Love, love, love!

 

Hassan & Aneesa go to Madrasa – learning the Quran the fun way November 25, 2012

What is it?

Hassan & Aneesa go to Madrasa – a glossy paperback book

What’s the price?

RM25.00

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • A short story of siblings Hasssan & Aneesa going to an informal school to learn reading the Quran
  • A bright and colourful book that is simply a delight to read

Review

Madrasa simply means school, but in this book, it is meant as an informal Islamic learning environment, taught by their own neighbours. Hassan and Aneesa are going to madrasa for the first time, so they are naturally curious and excited. They put on nice, decent clothing, Aneesa with her favourite hijab and Hassan with his long shirt.

At madrasa, they meet lots of other children, where the teacher sits with each of them and help them to read the Quran. Then comes colouring activities, snack time, prayer time where they all pray together and quiz time. At the end of the day, their parents come to collect them.

Similar to other books by The Islamic Foundation that you can see here, here and here, this book is adorably cute with bright illustrations, simply a delight to read to young children who are just starting school. Though admittedly, the environment in the book isn’t entirely the same like our kids here in Malaysia starting in kindergarten, it’s imperative for us to let our young ones know, that learning is supposed to be fun, and let them be kids, instead of forcing them to grow up quickly. Before you know it, the real world will consume them quickly and your babies will no longer be babies.

What I like about it

This little book reminds me of my own kindergarten days, (though I don’t remember that much of it) a blur of colouring, singing, reading, eating and playing with friends. School back then was so much fun!

What I don’t like about it

Nothing about the book. But I’d really hate it when I had to miss school, I loved it so much!

Conclusion

This is a great book to read to nervous little kids who are soon going to school. It also allows some sweet reminiscence for the parent reading it, too. Simply a delight!

 

Allah Gave Me series – lessons of gratitude November 18, 2012

What is it?

Allah Gave Me Two Eyes to See – a hardcover picture book

Allah Gave Me Two Hands and Feet – a hardcover picture book

Allah Gave Me Two Ears to Hear – a hardcover picture book

What’s the price?

RM30.00 each

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • A celebration and appreciation for our 5 senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste & feel
  • Beautifully simple illustrations with short sentences that rhymes

Review

It’s easy to take things for granted, especially when you were born with them. These little books reminds us that everything, even our body parts, are a gift from the Supreme Creator, that we should be thankful for all His gifts and that nothing in this world is truly our own. Allah is capable of taking them all back, with just a blink of an eye.

The “Allah gave me two eyes” and “Allah gave me two ears” books always start with the sentence “Allah gave me” followed by the sense of sight, for example, followed by several things we can see such the colours of leaves, the dark of the night, the pure white snow and the colours of a rainbow. Then it would finish with the opening sentence “Allah gave me two eyes to see” to further reinforce the facts as a sort of closure, before moving on to the next sense.

The “Allah gave me two hands and feet” is similar in its sentence structure with plenty of repetition, which are essential for a child’s reading. The larger illustrations are even nicer, with some pictures taking up both right and left pages.

To really feel gratitude and thankfulness in our heart for all these senses, just shut off one sense at a time and try to depend on your other senses. Just close your eyes, and imagine what the world would look like just by listening, tasting, smelling and feeling with your hands. Try buttoning up your shirt with one hand, or hop on one leg for 10 minutes? How would it feel to be blind or deaf, or lose an arm or a leg?

What I like about it

Apart from the nicely rhymed sentences and beautiful pictures, I love the fact that a children’s book could teach so much about gratitude and thankfulness. This is essential in building humble, modest human beings and instilling that deep down inside, we are all the same.

What I don’t like about it

Nothing at all.

Conclusion

A heart-warming lesson in gratitude, in compact, beautifully illustrated books that will not only capture a child’s heart, but also mesmerize the parent. A must-have!

 

 
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