Mr. Gamal's Gratitude GlassesSold Out
The special spectacles in this story for Muslim kids will win your heart.
Mr. Gamal’s students are grumpy. One lost her bouncy ball; another doesn’t like his lunch. Mr. Gamal wishes there was a way to help them be more positive
He wishes he could help them look at their lives more positively! After a visit to the dollar store, an idea strikes Mr. Gamal like a bolt of lightning: Gratitude Glasses! Will these special spectacles help his students see things they couldn’t see before?
The next day at school, he hands out fifteen pairs of glasses, and when a student is feeling grumpy or negative, he reminds them to put on their gratitude glasses. One student spilled paint on his shirt, but after putting on his glasses decided the spill looked like a whale. He completed the painting and was proud of his new shirt.
We love the idea of a kid's book that emphasizes gratitude! This Islamic book will get your kids thinking about what it means to be grateful.
The imaginative, bright, and fun illustrations in this story will keep your child coming back for more.
Recommended For Ages 5 +
Written by Asmaa Hussein
Book Review by MuslimReads.com
" This fun story is about seeing the good in a bad situation, finding creative solutions to problems, and helping each other out. Kids will be able to relate to the setbacks and disappointments in the story, and use the coping techniques in their own lives.
The idea of the glasses as a cue to change your attitude is fabulous. It normalizes the idea of working to see things in a new way, and it translates well into parenting. Saying 'how would this situation look through your gratitude glasses?' to a child is a wonderful alternative to 'you need to fix your attitude'.
I loved seeing such a cool male teacher represented in literature (and one who loves the dollar store!) And the ending was perfect—it had a lovely little twist that I really appreciated."
Book Review by MuslimMommyBlog.com
"Gratitude is a very important quality and a huge part of our deen. Having gratitude in your life is not just saying the words Alhamdulilah, but true gratitude is feeling contentment and peace in your heart with everything you face, even the hard stuff. True Iman is only possible with reacting to life with true gratitude, and gratitude also is in and itself a cause of more positive blessings from Allah!
Gratitude, according to Mr. Gamal, is being 'thankful for everything you have and everything you experience.' This teaches one to look for the good lessons in everything, even bad experiences.
This book by Ruqaya's Bookshelf is a wonderful lesson in gratitude for children, and a great reminder for parents. The kids present their experiences at the end of the week, and even teach Mr. Gamal a lesson about finding something positive when he find the class messy and disorganized This book is one of our favorites and the pictures are so goofy and cute! My kids even grabbed some sunglasses and started experimenting on their own, trying to find the positive in everything around them."
Book Review by A. Zedan
"'My youngest daughter (age 7) particularly loved this book and read it to almost everyone and anyone she could read it to. She now wants me to take her to the dollar store to get gratitude glasses! Loved the creativity in this book of getting the lesson of gratitude across to the readers."
Book Review by Shakira
"This book could not have come to us at a better time! Reading this to my 7 and 5 year old opened up their eyes to the concept of gratitude in a way I never would have imagined. Its one thing having these conversations with kids, but seeing characters in books that look like them, coupled with the concepts covered in Mr Gamal's Gratitude Glasses, was something else altogether.
Beautifully written, engaging and relatable on all levels. A MUST HAVE in all households :) "
Book Review by Zahra
"In our fast paced world, where social media is king and comparison is the norm, I’m always trying to teach my children to be grateful.
Mr.Gamal’s Gratitude Glasses is a perfect, relatable story for children and adults alike.
While we are taught about gratitude from a young age, the concept isn’t always easy to grasp for younger children. This book helps the process and my kids absolutely love it 💕"
Book Review by Husna
"A delightful story about showing gratitude in both blessings and tests. This book presents valuable lessons and reminders for both kids and their parents about the power of gratitude. Love the message and the illustrations - one of my favorites! "
Book Review by Hanaa Walzer
"I had read positive reviews about this book, but remained sceptical. As I wished to purchase several books at once I added this to the rest. I'm glad I did, as I was pleasantly surprised to see that the author didn't stick to the same old platitudes, but considered alternative perspectives, which add interest, depth, and credibility to the discerning reader (which my kids are)."
Book Review by Atiya
"I got this book around Ramadan and it made for one of our favorite reads all through summer holidays . The book is about a teacher wanting to teach his students to appreciate the little things in life in an innovative and child friendly way and although this book full of Beautiful graphics is meant for kids , us adults sure will learn a thing or two about being grateful for all the little things in life that we take for granted and forget to thank our Lord for !"
Book Review by Sarah
"This is my favourite book so far from Ruqaya's Bookshelf, and always a hit with my kids. The lesson of gratitude and finding the good in all situations is so important for little ones (and adults too!), and it can be tricky to get that message across without sounding preachy. Asmaa does it so wonderfully and uses several great examples to help you connect with the characters and see that we’re all going through similar situations and there’s always something to be grateful for. Also, Mr. Gamal is a super cool guy, I wish I had a teacher like him when I was in school! 😎
Book Review by Alina Hasan
"I honestly don’t know who benefits more from these deliciously fun books- my kids or me! I absolutely loved this sweet and powerful story about looking at things through a different lens!"
Title: Mr. Gamal's Gratitude Glasses ?
Author: Asmaa Hussein
Illustrator: Nuria Tomas Mayolas
Publisher: Ruqaya's Bookshelf - Canada
Size: 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm
Recommended Age Group: 5 years and above
Edition Number: 1st
Year Of Publication: 2018
Weight: 0.20 kg
Asmaa Hussein is the founder of this small but wholesome publishing company Ruqaya's Bookshelf based in Canada. Since 2015, her mission has been to publish bright, fun, and engaging Islamic children’s books to add to your home and school libraries.
All books by Ruqaya's Bookshelf feature Muslim characters and protagonists, because we believe representation matters! Diversity in children’s literature contributes to a solid character education – and seeing someone who looks like you in a storybook is exciting!
After servitude to Allah, her daughter is her greatest motivation. As a widowed mother to a rambunctious and beautiful girl, she strives to show her an example of dedication, determination, and excellence.
She has named this publishing company after her – Ruqaya's Bookshelf – because she loves books more than anything.
So pull up a chair, enjoy their books and join their fun-filled adventure!