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A Bedtime Prayer for Peace Hardcover – May 31, 2017
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“Such a sweet poem to end the night with lifting the heart of the reader and the child listening into gratitude and care for the world and people around them,” Megan Wyatt, Coach & Author.(Author)
About the Author
Akila Dada is an Educator and a Child Life Specialist. She volunteers with SMILE Canada - Support Services as a team lead planning creative and educational events for children with disabilities and their families. Akila has a passion for traveling and learning about different cultures around the world. She resides in Toronto, Ontario with her husband Faisal and son Esa.
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The book thanks the creator and asks for protection for all things small and large, seen and unseen, in a gentle dreamlike manner that really could go on for so much longer than the 32 pages present. Some items mentioned like the plants and trees a preschooler will know, but some of the concepts introduce little ones to something bigger, "Give shelter to families who need a home, Help all the people who feel alone," "Guide us with your grace and might, keep us safe from every plight."
The prayer is voiced by a mom to her young boy, Esa, and the illustrations show traditional subcontinent dress as well as western clothes being worn. The author's are Muslim but the book is not overtly Islamic. Sometimes the mom is in hijab, but when in the home she is not. More distinctly, the word Allah is not used, only God is, and thus the book and prayer, really would work for any monotheistic child as the book does say, "Dear God, protect my beautiful son, You are the Truth. You are the One."
The true treasure of this book is that the main character is in a wheelchair. Showing different abled characters is always such a blessing as it normalizes it and inshaAllah makes us more accepting when out and about. The illustrations don't wow me, but their quiet simplicity keeps the pace of the book, and don't scream for attention. Some of the smaller details are endearing and help sleepy eyes linger on page without feeling rushed.
With a hard 8x8 cover, the book is a good size for little hands to read over and over again, alhumdulillah.