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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.

 

Allah makes set RM68 September 7, 2012

Allah makes Series

A is for apple, says Lucy to her new baby, April.

But what would be the most appropriate thing for Medina to teach to her baby, Fatimah?

A is for Allah!

He who creates you, my Fatimah, who creates me, your mummy, and who creates your daddy.

Let us introduce our precious baby to the Al-Mighty Allah.

Allah is powerful. Allah makes us, Allah makes apples, Allah makes cats.

“Allah makes” series consists of 10 books. It is specially designed to provide a quick & entertaining method to introduce young children to Allah, in English.

Each page carries a single sentence a picture, to teach the association of the pictorial message with the words. “Allah makes” early reading set is designed to introduce your child to the reader’s world in a fun & exciting way.

The book instills the most important awareness, the Supreme Creator, Allah the al-Mighty which will stay with them throughout their childhood and beyond.

The 10 books’ titles are as below:

  1. Allah Makes Us
  2. Allah Makes Apples
  3. Allah Makes Cats
  4. Allah Makes Flowers
  5. Allah Makes Birds
  6. Allah Makes Trees
  7. Allah Makes Fish
  8. Allah Makes Mountains
  9. Allah Makes the sun
  10. Allah Makes our world
 

Eric Carle’s best known book – The Very Hungry Caterpillar August 8, 2012

What is it?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – board book

What’s the price?

RM54.90

Where to buy it?

Paperback  for RM20

Board book RM41.76

Board book RM21.95

Pre-loved RM12

What are the special features?

Review

Eric Carle is a much celebrated children’s book author & illustrator, and this book is the most famous & well-loved book he has ever authored. This book was pretty hard to find, and when I saw this particular boxed set at Kinokuniya (this was the last one on the shelf), I grabbed it without so much of a glance at the price at the back. I did flinch a little a bit when I saw how much it cost, but I did not hesitate for long.

The book tells a story about a little caterpillar’s life, just before it hatched out from its egg right up to its miraculous transformation into a butterfly. I guess new-born caterpillars are so ravenous because they need all that carbs to turn into a butterfly. That’s just my theory though, I’m not really sure.

So the little caterpillar ate one apple on Monday, two pears on Tuesday, three plums on Wednesday and so it went on. On Saturday, he went all out with a buffet of cakes, ice creams, cheese and fruits and made himself sick that night. The next day he went on a detox diet of one green leaf, feeling much better afterwards. And yep, you guessed it – all that food took a tow on his little body – he was now a big, fat caterpillar. He built a cocoon around himself, stayed in there for two weeks, and when he pushed out from the cocoon; lo and behold, he was a beautiful butterfly.

As I’m not an artist, I can’t comment much on the illustrations, but I have to say, each picture is like a mini art show – you know those brush strokes on paintings you see at galleries? That’s what it seems like, to me. I found out from his website that his art is created in collage technique using hand painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. The holes in the book show the caterpillar’s gastronomic journey, nibbling through all the foods.

The blocks form several different pictures from the book i.e. the butterfly, the caterpillar, a set of numbers from 1 to 10, a set of colours and visual proof of the food buffet he had. All these – the blocks and the book – can be kept in the box, closed with a transparent plastic cover.

What I like about it

I can see why this book is so popular; the combination of the artsy illustrations, the holey story line of a humble caterpillar’s transformation into a gorgeous butterfly, makes this book simply irresistible. It showcases one of God’s true miracles into bite-sized art, especially for children. How can you not love this?

What I don’t like about it

The price is outrageous (does that make me outrageous?), but then again, all imported books are. You can find other versions as above at various prices.

Conclusion

Even though this book is expensive, you can find other cheaper options, like I mentioned previously. But if you’re a book lover like me, I sure you’ll agree that this book is worth every cent.

 

Adventures with Dora and Diego – puzzle activity board book June 24, 2012

What is it?

Adventures with Dora and Diego – puzzle activity board book

What’s the price?

RM35.00

Where to buy it?

www.littleredreadingnook.com

What are the special features?

  • A giant puzzle activity board book with 5 small books in the shape of puzzle pieces, featuring Dora and her friends
  • The puzzle activity board book measures at 36cm x 28.5cm. The books a.k.a. the puzzle pieces are much smaller, e.g. for the Dora book, which is the biggest among the five, measures at 17cm x 12cm.

Review

At first glance, this book is simply fascinating. Even the cover of the book seems to call out to be opened; it has five windows that show the main characters i.e. Dora, her cousin Diego, Boots the monkey, Backpack who is Dora’s trusted companion and Baby Jaguar.

When you open the book, you can see several activity suggestions such as, “Can you find a spider?” and “Where is the baby parrot?” with a background picture of the jungle where Dora and her friends usually pass through during their adventures.

On the other page is the 5 little books puzzle pieces, each with a different short story, starring the character on the cover.

  • Dora’s book tells the story of how she first met Boots the monkey, who later became her best friend.
  • Diego’s book shows off Diego’s talent, which is, being able to talk to animals and how he is a great animal rescuer.
  • Boot’s book is about Boots helping Dora by bringing her song to her school, one she had left at home.
  • Backpack is somewhat a magic bag, and carries everything that Dora needs. It also carries Map, another important member of Dora’s expeditions.
  • Baby Jaguar’s book tells of his adventure saving his friend, Baby Bear who is trapped at the top of Big Mountain.

What I like about it

First of all, I really like board books as they are more durable than picture books, which my super-strong son could tear up in 2.5 seconds. Not to say that he couldn’t do some damage to board books by peeling off a picture or biting the edges, but they can stand more child abuse than a picture book.

There are a lot of things you could talk about in the book and the suggestions are helpful to start things off. You can talk about colours, animals and flowers, without even using the small books. Then you take out the little books, and you can see more questions such as “Where is Dora?” and “Where is Boots?” so the child could put them back one by one.

What I don’t like about it

Nothing!

Conclusion

At RM35, this book is a steal. A must have!