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Recommended Age Group: 3 - 8 years
The Blessed Bananas contains a beautiful story with a perfect mixture of Islamic elements. It inculcates in children the importance of having good friends and the significance of seeking help from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.
Everyone in the village knows not to come near the cranky, old monkey Rico or his precious bananas, except for some newcomers that ask Rico for help along the way. Rico owns a banana plant that produces sweet delicious bananas all year round. However, the stingy monkey never shared it with anyone, attributing his fruits to be his own rewards for his hard work.
After refusing and rudely turning them away, Rico finds himself in trouble and all alone; one day, due to an unfortunate incident, his precious bananas fall down from the tree. Will Rico be able to save himself and his precious bananas? How does he react? Does he learn his lesson? Or would he create more problems for the villagers? Rico learns a life-changing lesson. Find out how in this heart-warming tale of friendship, kindness and the power of prayer.The Blessed Bananas is recommended for children aged 3 to 8 years.
BOOK REVIEW BY ANSE TAMARA GRAY
(Educator, Author, Founder Of Rabata)
"A sweet story that teaches children and their parents about the blessings of generosity and how giving is truly receiving. Muslim children will love seeing their culture represented through these characters and author Tayyaba Syed reminds us all that kindness and generosity are qualities of a believer."
BOOK REVIEW BY SHAMIRA CHOTHIA AHMED
(Co-Founder Of The Rahmah Foundation)
"The lessons in this delightful book are numerous - the most outstanding being that the more we generously give from what we love, the more the Almighty blesses us and increases us in goodness .."
(Educator & Author Of Hind's Hands and The Size Of A Mustard Seed)
"The Blessed Bananas is a colourful and lively book that draws in its readers, young and old, from its very first page. The moral of the story is based on an old adage infused with an Islamic twist that is sure to remind and soften the hearts of the believers."
(Early Childhood Teacher)
"Tayyaba Syed has written a masterpiece for young Muslim children. With its lovable characters, powerful lesson and such beautiful, whimsical illustrations,The Blessed Bananas is sure to become an instant classic and family favourite."
Title: The Blessed Bananas: A Muslim Fable
Author: Tayyaba Syed
Illustrator: Melani Putri
Publisher: Prolance Writing - USA
Recommended Age Group: 3 - 8 years
Size : 21.8 cm x 21.6 cm
Weight: 0.15 kg
Tayyaba Syed is an award-winning author and freelance journalist. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including NPR, Islamic Horizons, Azizah Magazine, Chicago Crescent, Halal Consumer and Chicago Parent. She also co-authored four chapter books in the popular kids’ seriesJannah Jewels. Tayyaba works as the Research Specialist for Daybreak Press and a Curriculum Consultant for Whitestone Foundation’s Author Development Program. She also designs unique plots for Noor Kids educational books as their Creative Developer.
Melani Putri is an illustrator based in Jakarta, Indonesia. After finishing her visual art education at Bandung Institute of Technology, she has been focusing on children’s book illustration and has won the National Folktale Illustration award in 2016. Her illustration works include children’s books, greeting cards, posters and stationary.
So I honestly got this book because it was on a good discount price: d but it has been such a good purchase! Alhumdolillah! It became a fav on the first read! Some pointers:
*First off, the content, the story- telling are amazing. The lessons steeped in Islamic teachings are effortlessly woven into the story.
*Some of the lessons are shown in the pictures. I love that there's mention of ideas such as over- counting belongings, "deserving" good things, entitlement and ingratitude. These are ideas steeped into the teachings of the Quran that western literature fails to address them. And so I love this book for this purpose, tazkiya of young hearts!
*Cherry on top: The book is a delight to look at! The colors are so bright! They give off such a rainforest feel which goes with the storyline.
*Age Recommendation: 3+ if it's read to children, and I suppose 5-7 year olds for independent reading.
Sharing being one of the difficult virtues for my 6 year old to practice I read the back of the book and bought it to encourage her and alhumdulillah she likes it and is infact enjoying it right now.