Sometimes you come across a book that is simply good. This book, "Who Is the Beast?" is one of those books that I like to have in my classroom (and at home) as it is a wonderful read aloud that leads into discussions that young children are very capable of having.
The topic in this book is about something that many children can relate to: being different and people's reaction to what they perceive as 'different'. Not only can this book be read to children in lower grades (i.e. preschool/kindergarten age), this book can be read to children of all ages all the way up to high school - yes, high school *smile*.
The story is simple and the sentences are simple, repetitive and predictable, which makes it especially suitable for younger children, and the message is one that subtly conveys an important message: that judging another based on how they look is simply not ok. The story encourages the reader to take another look because you may be surprised to learn that what you initially saw may have seemed quite different - and even a bit scary - but perhaps it was not so different or scary after all.
A great library find that will, insha'Allaah, soon be part of my personal collection. And if you happen to be studying animals right now *smile*, and are using the materials from this post, this book may be a nice addition to your animal study...waallahu a'lam. Even if you are not currently studying animals with your little one(s), the next time you stop by the library, check it out insha'Allaah.
If you are a teacher, here (they call the questions philosophical but they are not, they are human questions...no need for philosophy, we have Islaam alhamdulillah) you will find a set of questions that may help you start a discussion with your class after the book has been read aloud. These questions can lead a class to discuss how our religion is different and how others have chosen to use this as a reason to dislike us but we can guide children to understand that Allaah and His Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa salam) told us about this and provided us with Divine and Prophetic guidance to handle these situations with the best of manners, the most excellent speech and the most noble behaviour, when and if they arise. You can take this opportunity to point out that there is absolutely no reason to change oneself if one is following the Truth. Our religion is beautiful and it is a great Blessing from Allaah. Allaahu Akbar...
View pages from the book here insha'Allaah