Growing up as a British Muslim I really don’t recall any fun picture books I read on Islam. Non-fiction books were the only ones I remember reading that talked about my faith however, now there is much more choice and I am super grateful now that I am a mamma.
You may be familiar with the author Hena Khan who wrote Night Of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story which is based on Ramadan and Eid. She also wrote a brilliant book Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colours, which I often see adorn bookshelves during the month of Ramadan. Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets could be described as the sister book to Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.
Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets is such a clever read written by Hena Khan, looking at shapes but celebrating them alongside the Muslim world. Illustrated by the talented Mehrdokht Amini whose prominent style is eye popping and whose work includes Oh Soy Muslim, an amazing read may I add, this is a stunning book.
Hena Khan skillfully writes about different shapes using flowing rhythmic stanzas. It makes for such an enjoyable book to be shared, not only at home but in learning settings also. Her writing makes young readers appreciate that there are in fact shapes all around us and her connecting it to aspects of the Islamic faith are sure to make young ones beam and encourage a plethora of questions.
Each double page is filled with breathtaking illustrations which include layers of details and are so colourful and realistic. Each double page depicts a different country, highlighting amazing architecture and Islamic art. It is brilliant that young readers will witness a journey of discovery as they enjoy the book. As much as the media may portray Muslims to all look the same, it really is not the case. Mehrdokht Amini’s work celebrates that and I appreciate that such illustrations are breaking down stereotypes.
As well as the use of shape words Hena Khan uses Arabic words which are explored further in a detailed glossary at the end of the book. This is not an exclusive picture book about shapes just for mini Muslims but a definite inclusive one, one which we could all learn from.
I absolutely adore this book. It is informative, stunning and full of learning opportunities. Will there be another from the magical pair, Khan and Amini? I shall have to just wait and see.
Disclaimer: I was kindly sent this book from the publishers. All words and opinions are entirely my own.