Monday, June 14, 2010

Over in the Meadow - A Beautiful Book

Assalamu alaikum,

We have read and re-read this book many, many times since I brought it home from the library. I like the story so much that I grab the book and volunteer to read it aloud frequently.

I also checked out the same story but illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats.
If you like his art work then you will like this version of the book insha'Allah.

We like the story as illustrated by Anna Vojtech. The illustrations are beautiful and the use of subtle colours just won us over. The rhyme is attributed to Olive A. Wadsworth and is great for infants and toddlers. After the Quran and Ahadith, this story can be used as a springboard to pointing out the stunning ayaat in Allah's Creation. His creations, big and small, form their own communities and many of the mothers care for and nurse their young as do humans. This is a gentle rhyme that not only introduces counting but can be used to teach empathy and kindness toward animals as well insha'Allah. This seems to be the kind of book that we will read again and again over the period of many years insha'Allah.

The next time you're in the library...check it out insha'Allah! I think you'll be glad you did.

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