Like the Moon Loves the Sky

Chronicle. Mar. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452180199.
PreS-K–A bedtime story that reassures children that they are loved. This book depicts parents’ aspirations and desires for their children at different stages of life. Each page starts with the phrase “Inshallah,” which means “if God wills it” in Arabic. Although these hopes and wishes are inspired by the Quran, they portray parents’ universal desires for their children, such as “Inshallah you feel safe, like all children should,” “Inshallah you are kind to those most in need.” Each page depicts how different stages of a child’s life add new expectations and hopes for parents, such as “Inshallah you reach out to make new friends” and “Inshallah you speak truth and work for its sake.” The illustrations expand across each spread along with one simple sentence and showcase Arabic calligraphy as art pieces on the walls. The artwork is colored with matte tones and has a two-dimensional feel.
VERDICT A book for Muslim families to introduce religious traditions to young children and for non-Muslim families who wish to teach diversity and religious acceptance.

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