- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Skinner House Books (June 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558965696
- ISBN-13: 978-1558965690
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents (This Little Light of Mine) Paperback – June 2, 2010
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Sarah Conover holds a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado and an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her first book, Kindness: a Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom and Stories for Children (EWU Press, 2001), won the Skipping Stones Award for Cultural Diversity and was chosen by Booklist as one of the ten best spiritual books for children in 2002. She is also co-author of Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Traditions (Skylight Paths Press, 2003). With her husband and two children, she lives in Spokane, Washington, where she teaches Humanities in the public schools.
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This book is an invaluable resource for Muslim families wishing to pass on their culture and heritage to their children, but the morals and lessons contained within these stories carry a timeless wisdom that all peoples can benefit from regardless of faith. Non-Muslim families who want to teach about other cultures, or who want to show that Islam is not some evil monolithic force the media tries to portray it as, will also benefit from reading this. Stories of faith, honesty, kindness, charity, mercy and love are balaneced out with humor. The beautiful artwork and Arabic calligraphy add to this books appeal. Appearently, this book is part of a series detailing folk tales and proverbs from all of the world's great religions and there is at least one other book in the series published (this time focusing on Buddhism). I have yet to read it, but considering the outstanding quality of this book, I should like to get around to it eventually.
All in all, this is a book well worth getting. Even adults will appreciate reading some of the stories in here. I certainly did, and if you approach this book with an open mind I honestly believe you and your children will appreciate this book as well regardless of your religious or cultural beliefs.
Update more than 2 yrs after first buying this book:
I still LOVE this book! (I will take it tomorrow and read a couple of stories to my kids' class, to commemorate Eid, in addition to reading Hena Khan's 'night of the moon'). A great gift book to cherish for years to come!
In any case, this book is really great! Many thanks for the great product!