Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

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by Hena Khan, Mehrdokht Amini
     
 

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Magnificently capturing the colorful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam s beauty and traditions. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors are given special meaning as young readers learn about clothing, food, and other important elements of Islamic culture, with a young Muslim girl as… See more details below

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Magnificently capturing the colorful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam s beauty and traditions. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors are given special meaning as young readers learn about clothing, food, and other important elements of Islamic culture, with a young Muslim girl as a guide. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is equally at home in a classroom reading circle as it is being read to a child on a parent s lap.

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Publishers Weekly
In this picture book, Khan (Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story) immerses young readers in “deen”—the Muslim way of life. Each spread portrays a Muslim custom, clothing style, or religious tenet and links it to a color used throughout the scene. “Red is the rug Dad kneels on to pray” exemplifies the accessible mix of tradition (prayer rugs) and modernity (colloquial English) the author uses throughout the book. The emphases are both the particulars of Islam and the universal concerns of all caring societies and religions—devotion; helping the poor through “zakat,” or money for charity; exchanging gifts at the holiday of Eid. Amini’s (The Faerie Door) illustrations apply lush and muted jewel tones to images and scenes from domestic and religious life in a contemporary Muslim culture. Scenes of street life and home life hold architectural detail and textile patterns and attract second and third looks. Arabic terms are woven into the text, some explained directly, some by context, making the book suitable for children of all faiths. A glossary provides additional information. Ages 3–7. (June)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Simple rhymed couplets describe colors involved in Muslim traditions and customs, including some vocabulary. A young girl kneels with her father on a red rug as he prays five times a day. Her mother wears a blue hijab, or scarf. They admire the gold dome of the mosque. Her grandpa wears a white kufi, or traditional hat. She uses black ink to draw the letters that spell Allah. We see the brown dates, her favorite Ramadan treat, and the orange henna that decorates her hands. On Eid she receives a purple-wrapped gift, and puts money in a yellow box "for those in need." She reads a green Quran and admires a silver lantern. All these things are part of her deen, or faith. Double-page scenes depict the traditional objects and their setting. Each has the young girl, sometimes with others, in a typical activity. The environment is rendered naturalistically; the humans stylized and somewhat doll-like, with large eyes and smooth features. The colors are used to emphasize but not overplay the characteristics. The end pages are a riot of colors in a design suggestive of Middle Eastern mosaics. There is a useful glossary. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
A sophisticated color-concept book featuring a contemporary family introduces Islam to young Muslims and children who don't practice this faith. Here the basic colors, plus gold and silver, are used to explain aspects of Islamic life. A young girl with very large eyes narrates, using short, childlike and occasionally forced verses to match colors and objects: "Gold is the dome of the mosque, / big and grand. / Beside it two towering / minarets stand." She describes a red prayer rug, her mom's blue hijab (headscarf), white kufis (traditional men's woven hats), black ink for a calligraphic design, brown dates for Ramadan, orange henna designs, an Eid gift of a doll with a purple dress, a yellow zakat (charity) box, a green Quran (green has special significance in Islam, not explained here), and a silver fanoos, "a shiny lantern." The glossary is excellent, explaining unfamiliar terms succinctly. The stylized illustrations, richly detailed, often play with the sizes of the objects in a surrealistic way. It is difficult to tell whether the family lives in the Middle East, Britain (home of the artist) or North America. The secular architecture looks Western, but the mosque looks very grand and Middle Eastern. The clothing styles are difficult to associate with a particular country. This both maximizes accessibility and deprives the tale of specificity--clearly a conscious trade-off. A vibrant exploratory presentation that should be supplemented with other books. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811879057
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
06/06/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
564,363
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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