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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!

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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!

 

Islamic Manners Activity Book – learning manners, the Muslim way November 5, 2012

What is it?

Islamic Manners Activity Book

What’s the price?

RM25.00

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • Packed with various activities to keep your child busy e.g. colouring pages, connecting dots, solving mazes & word puzzles, word search, picture & word matching, even spelling and writing.
  • A key feature not found in ordinary activity books – all activities are related to cultures and values as per Islamic teachings.
  • Suitable for kindergartners and primary schoolers.

Review

This book is pretty self-explanatory, as you can see in the pictures. There are pages and pages of colouring activities, connect the dots, drawing, learning to write and spell. There are also cut-out pages of flashcards, which can also be coloured, to be used in matching activities as explained in the instructions.

I would say that this book would be suitable for 6-10 year olds; younger kids would love the colouring & the dot-connecting  activities, while older kids enjoy the ‘harder’ stuff such as the word challenges, finding mistakes in a picture, and spelling and writing in English and Arabic.

What I like about it

I have to admit, there are a lot of activity books out there, but not many like this – that emphasizes on good moral values in life in the Islamic context.

What I don’t like about it

What’s there not to like?

Conclusion

It’s nice to see Islamic values and cultures embedded in children’s books, and can be practiced in our daily lives. At such an affordable price, this is a truly worthwhile investment. Get it!

 

Islamic educational wooden puzzles November 1, 2012

What is it?

Islamic educational wooden puzzles – assorted

What’s the price?

RM35.00 each

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • 5 types of puzzles: Hijaiyah alphabets; Solat – girl; Wudu’ – Girl; Solat – Boy; Wudu’ – Boy
  • Made of lightweight wood
  • A great first introduction to the Arabic language and to perform wudu and on to solat via play

Review

I love puzzles, especially wooden ones. You can read more about the benefit of playing with puzzles here. But these puzzles are even more special, giving not only the benefits of puzzles, but also teaching young children the Hijaiyah alphabet, the key pillars in perfoming wudu’ and solat.

The Hijaiyah alphabets are essential to early learning of the Arabic language, and ultimately, the words of the Holy Quran. Kids normally memorize the ABC’s quickly, so why not teach them the Hijaiyah alphabets too? Don’t forget to teach them the correct pronunciation of each letter.

The wudu & solat puzzles are separate for boys and girls, mainly to show that even though the mannerisms are the same, the dress-up are different – this shows that the aurat for a girl and a boy is totally different. The boy covers up modestly, while the girl covers up her aurat completely, as dictated in Islamic teachings.

What I like about it

I think, as parents, we should emphasize the importance of learning the Hijaiyah alphabet with the same priority as the ABC’s and 123’s. I also think that it’s never too early to start teaching our young the basics of performing wudu’ and solat. And what better way to teach, other than by playing with your kids?

Also, you can read more the benefits of wooden puzzles here.

What I don’t like about it

You can also read more about this here.

Conclusion

Not only it’s fun and cute, easy on the parent’s pocket, with basics of Islamic teachings, these puzzles sure pack in a lot of punch in one toy. Get one before they run out, mommies!