Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Review - The Apple Tree (The Prophet Says Series)

I have never reviewed a book based on Islam or its principles here on Being Zoe's Mom, the reason, Zoe was young to understand the concept. The first book based on a Hadith (traditions containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad which, with accounts of his daily practice) which I picked for Z was - The Apple Tree from The Prophet Says Series. I intend to pick more soon.

Coming to the review now:

Book: The Apple Tree (The Prophet Says Series)
Author: Mariam Al-Kalby
Illustrator: Yee Von Chan
For ages: 4+ years 

Why I picked it and what was my Reaction:
I saw the The Prophet Says Series page on Facebook, I was looking for books that introduce concepts of Islam in a child friendly manner, and this one fits the bill perfectly. 

Our Take: Zoe's mom loves the story, which is simple yet beautiful. We love the illustrations as well, very neat and clear. Kids will love it. It actually goes beyond religion, and teaches kids the value of generosity and compassion. 

Zoe loves the story, how planting a tree holds more importance than just sowing a few seeds. She also loves the fact, that Allah will reward us if we plant a tree and it is a very good deed. 

The Story: Little Shaima gets a listen of life when she realizes how planting a tree is important. How crucial is giving for the sake of charity and the reward one gets from Allah after planting a tree. 

How We Read it: Now, since Z loves to listen to a book just for its story, we do not use many gimmicks. Its just the story and lots of discussion. The book uses a few Arabic words, but there is a glossary for that. 

BZM Verdict: A must buy we say


  1. You have a wonderful place here Rituparna. So glad I dropped by. My twins are eight so we're a little past this stage. But the kids knew Ramayana since they were about 2.5. And I instinctively did what you've outlined so beautifully here. My son was a huge Ravana fan. In fact I remember worrying myself sick why he liked only the bad guys. Now they're onto the Mahabharata which is an even more difficult tale to tell. We watched it together on the telly recently so that made things a bit easier but I'm still struggling with the grey characters.

  2. I agree... Most welcome


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