5 pillars: Just To Please Allah

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author: Rabia Bashir

Illustrator: Amir Al Zubi

Publisher: Precious Bees

Year: 2017

Topics: 5 Pillars, Shahada, Salah, Ramadan, Zakat, Hajj

Description:

Colourful & vibrant board-book teaches mini Muslims about the five pillars of Islam, why we perform them and what we get in return. The catchy rhyming text was written to the tune of ‘Row, row, row your boat’ so children are also singing about Allah & Jannah!

Adorable diverse characters show positive role models around the world.

Five Pillars contains a lift-the-flap memory game at the end which adds more fun to reading time!

Ideal for 0-6 year olds: PERFECT FOR BABIES, PERFECT FOR TODDLERS & PERFECT FOR LITTLE READERS!

Why I like it:

  • It’s a board book which goes perfect with the age group the book is aimed for.
  • There’s a little lift the flap activity at the back.
  • It introduces many concepts/words such as – shahada, salah, ramadan, hajj, and zakah.
  • It’s a rhyming book so even if the little ones can’t read yet, they’ll be sining the song.
  • The illustrations show so much diversity in the ethnicities and abilities.

Things that could be improved:

I didn’t like the word “treasure” Ramadan. It’s a little thing and doesn’t effect the story. But since the book is aimed for toddlers an easier word like “love” would have been better.

Activities:

  • Talk to your children about the 5 pillars, and have them draw a picture for each (don’t forget to hang it up!)
  • Talk to your children about the diversity seen the children. Talk about how they are all the same and how they are different. Have them guess where they think the children are from based on their clothing.
  • Watch the video for the book at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2hHvDFSVz8

Note:

To all Autism Moms – this might be a great book for your child because the flow of the words is repetitive (to the tune of row row row your boat), doesn’t have too many words, and the illustrations are easy to talk about. Plus it’s a board book.

Overall:

I liked the book and will be recommending it to parents of babies and toddlers!

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