Beautiful on many levels.

Summary:

A young girl introduces us to her family (parents and grandparents), as well as the traditions and customs of her Muslim faith by connecting them with colors in the world around her. A glossary at the back explains the concepts and Arabic words introduced in the story. 


Parent Perspective:
I could look at the illustrations and endpapers all day. The colors are exquisite. Rare is the book that executes rhyme and concept (especially one as basic as colors) in perfect harmony. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns does that exceptionally well. This is one I'll add to my shortlist of books to give as gifts.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Rich illustrations create a warm engaging backdrop to a book that is much more than an introduction to colors. 

Content Awareness Factors:

None!


Type of Book:
This is a picture book that explores color and Muslim religious concepts.
Educational Themes:

What are the colors in your world? Most books - and most of our practice" in helping kids put names to colors focus on basic items (apples are red, bananas are yellow). What are the things in your family that are part of your culture? Identifying these items offers a way not only to talk about the color but the tradition as well.

Reading Level:
2.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Although this is a book about colors, the story takes center stage.

Title Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors
Author Hena Khan
Publisher Chronicle Books © 2012
Illustrators Mehrdokht Amini
ISBN 9780811879057
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
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