Like the Moon Loves the Sky

A child grows from newborn baby to school-goer. At each stage, we hear the mother’s wishes for this child. She hopes that ‘Inshallah’ her child will be gentle and kind; will be happy and make friends easily; will read and learn and reflect on the knowledge gained; and, of course, will be physically healthy. These wishes take the form of prayers, based on lines from the Quran. But Khan tells us, in her author’s note, that these prayers or wishes will transcend any particular faith system because they are grounded in universal values of justice, charity, fairness and love.

We see a child in a loving family, growing and developing with every page opening, while each prayer unfolds. The text is soothing, rhythmical and lyrical. The illustrations are vibrant and bold with bright blues, oranges, reds and greens, contrasted with darker blues and indigo. The overall impression is of a rich, full and happy life. Like in her previous book, Crescent Moons and Minarets, Khan manages to convey a lot more about the Islamic way of life than we see on the surface. The book will make a welcome addition to classroom libraries crying out for books to reflect the realities of diverse lives and cultures; books that provide, as Rudine Sims Bishop said, ‘mirrors’ for children in which to see themselves and ‘windows’ to help them look into others’ lives.

Book Cover - Like the Moon Loves the Sky
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Publication Date
March 2020
Format
Hardback
Pages
32
ISBN
9781452180199