"Where is God?" is a question that any parent teaching their kids will one day have to answer. This book helps parents answer that question while conveying the profound mystery of it all in a fun way.
In this story, likable Ilyas pairs up with Duck to ask the one question over and over in different scenarios. With whimsical and poetic replies, Ilyas slowly begins to realize what his question truly means. And by the end, his childish curiosity is fulfilled with profound realizations.
Great book, high quality, and definitely recommended to all Muslim parents.
I was looking for a book to give a few friends of mine who are just beginning their families and who are inspired to raise children of deep spirituality. I found this was a great general Islamic children's book -- that is, not specific to Ramadan or manners or all those other great lessons. What's more, beyond being a book about contemplating the nature of God, at such an early age, it is a book that can be used to encourage children to question and to think, to be inquisitive, not just about matters of religion and spirituality, but about the world around us, the customs we follow, the things we believe and the actions we do. It's a great mix of encouraging belief in and love for God while also challenging our Muslim kids to be critical thinkers -- a weighty and invaluable combination.
My husband picked up this book at ISNA over the weekend, and already my 4 year old has asked him to read it to him every night, and has memorized the words. Answers the basic question of "Who is God?" to preschoolers in a fun and interesting way, and the illustrations are great, reminding me of Eric Carle books. I actually think this book would be great for Christians and Jews in addition to the Muslim audience.
This book is the first of its kind for an Islamic children's book, providing high quality, colorful, comical illustrations to bring to life a children's story that is both educational and spiritually uplifting. As an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and pictures and appreciated the deep message that was delivered. Children will appreciate the vivid colors and the big personalities of the characters. The author did an excellent job of providing an elegant answer to a question every child will ask: where is God? I highly recommend this book as a gift for kids of all ages.
This is a beautiful, heartwarming story. My preschooler really enjoyed this story. As a parent who is often asked to read the same book over and over, I really enjoyed the illustrations that added a comical touch to the story. Loved Duck! I also liked the info on the animals at the end and enjoyed seeing a hoopoe bird featured in the story. As an elementary school teacher, I value stories that have educational aspects to it. As a Sunday School teacher, this story would be a great circle time read. As an aspiring writer, this story was professionally written and beautifully illustrated.
I am really looking forward to many more Ilyas & Duck stories in the future.
The book is written in a very compact style and the message is clear, which makes it probably easy to understand for children. Although I doubt that a 3-years-old (it is recommended for 3-6-years-old children) understands the message, the child should feel the truth behind the words.
We have truly enjoyed reading this book in our home, my 4 year old daughter really enjoys it, and I think it has helped her to better understand the philosophical reasoning behind the existence of God in a fun way, so thank you!
Having our first kid and having a bunch of nieces and nephews, it's nice to have kids book that are spiritually fun and friendly to help the generation understand Islam, I have a book for my son and just sent it to a family member. I plan on sending it to more my friends and family members.