I had been wanting a copy of Kamillah the Butterfly by Shoohada Khanom for seemingly forever, but there was some problem with the publisher and so the title just sat in an unavailable oblivion on Amazon. Then one day it was suddenly available, along with THREE new titles from Khanom- scoreolah! Khanom signed over to Djarabi Kitabs Publishing last year and more than made up for the wait. Here is my praise for each of her unique and charming picture books:
Little Blue Skater Boy – An adorable retelling of Little Red Riding Hood that demonstrates the power and protection of dua.
Who Could I Be? – “Oh this is cute!” – my child’s first impression. All the makings of a classic, this tale is told in rhyme with good old fashioned onomatopoeia to make kids happily want to read it over and over again even well after they know who is what.
Imagine – A giggle-inducing story about using our imagination. The only Muslim children’s book I have ever seen with an illustration that includes dinosaurs and a masjid – can you imagine?!
Kamillah the Butterfly – Kamillah is experiencing some strange hardships, but soon enough Kamillah gets a firsthand look at the splendour and diversity of Allah’s creations. Another classic kind of story with just a taste of Muslimness.
All four titles are adorable, wonderful editions to Muslim children’s libraries. Khanom has done well to produce stories that neatly fold in aspects of our Muslim identity without being preachy or exclusive. The settings make sense to western Muslim children and the illustrations are well done. My children ages three, five and eight years old are enjoying these titles on heavy rotation. Thanks so much to Shoohada Khanom and Djarabi Kitabs Publishing for lovingly creating them.
Reviewed by Brooke Benoit, Editor-in-Chief of Fitra Journal.
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