Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns – by Hena Khan

Title: Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

Author: Hena Khan

Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 978-0811879057

Pages: 36

Book Description:

Magnificently capturing the colorful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam’s beauty and traditions. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors are given special meaning as young readers learn about clothing, food, and other important elements of Islamic culture, with a young Muslim girl as a guide. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is equally at home in a classroom reading circle as it is being read to a child on a parent’s lap.

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Our Review:

The perfect book to introduce Islam to anyone of any age!

I first saw this book on amazon.com and well…. I wasn’t really impressed by the illustrations in the SMALL photos amazon had. Then I read reviews by other people and thought I’d give it a chance.  And I am so glad I did. This has become one of our favorite books! (And ironically the illustrations are my favorite part!) And now I recommend it to ALL my friends.

The text is simple and rhyming which attracts even the youngest readers. And I love how beautifully the book represents our faith in full page vibrant illustrations

Pros:

  • It teaches colors in such a unique way
    • Red – Prayer rug
    • Orange – Henna design
    • Yellow – Zakat box
    • Green – Quran
    • Blue – Hijab
    • Purple – Eid gift (doll)
    • Black – Arabic writing
    • White – Kufi
    • Brown – Dates
    • Gold – Dome of the mosque
    • Silver – Fanoos (Lantern)
  • There’s a glossary at the back of the book to explain the Islamic terms, as well as how to pronounce them.
  • Kids are able to easily identify with pictures. (My child would sit on the prayer rug and match it with the book! He would point to my hijab and match it with the book! He saw dates and matched it with the book!)
  • Its not “preachy” and gives a casual and light introduction to the topics of Prayer, Mecca, Hijab, Allah, Ramadan, Quran, Zakat, Eid.
  • It introduces Arabic terms such as faoos, kufi, hijab, minaret,etc
  • While the recommended age is from 3-7 years, this book is great for babies too! (My almost 2 year old was fascinated by it and learnt a lot of the words from here.)
  • Its also the perfect book to give as gifts or donate to your public library, to give others a brief glimpse into the world of Islam.

Our favorite part:

While we loved every page, my child’s favorite was the brown dates that were a Ramadan treat. (Possibly because the girl eats them with milk??)

Cons:
While this may not be a “real” con… I would have really loved it more if it was a board book so I could just hand it over to my toddler to explore without worrying that he might damage it!

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Other Reviews:

* please note: there are still many more great reviews for this book, we only limited it to 15.

Official website: www.henakhan.com

Facebook page: click here

Twitter: @henakhanbooks

Illustrator`s websiteclick here

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