27 February 2018

New reads from Kube Publishing*

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 0 Comments
You know you have a keen little reader at home, when the postman brings a flat parcel and your child immediately asks "Are these books, mummy?"

The most recent additions to our home library came from Kube Publishing. They were kind enough to send us two lovely books: Yan's Hajj: The Journey of a Lifetime by Fawzia Gilani and Zak and His Little Lies by J. Samia Mair.

Title:  Yan's Hajj: The Journey of a Lifetime
Author: Fawzia Gilani
Price: £3.99

"Once upon a time there lived a farmer called Yan. He dreamed of visiting the Kaaba to perform Hajj. For he loved Allah more than anything else.
One day, when his money bag was full, he set off on a journey that would last a lifetime."

When I saw the title, I thought it would be one of those books explaining the Hajj to the kids. Instead, it's a heartwarming story of a poor farmer, whose biggest dream is to perform the pilgrimage to Makkah, because he loves Allah so much. Little does he know, his journey will actually take him a lifetime!

Our poor farmer works hard to fill his money bag and complete the pilgrimage to Makkah. However, on his way he comes across people in need, and his kind nature makes him stop his journey and help. This leaves him out of pocket, but he just goes back to earn more money. Years pass, and Yan's every attempt to reach Makkah is unsuccessful, until he gets too old to earn. But then an unexpected visitor from the past helps him fulfill his lifelong dream, and Yan gets repaid for all his kindness.

This story is a lovely reminder to help others, and that kindness and good deeds always get rewarded in the end.

I'm a big fan of the illustrations in this book, they have a really "soft" feel if you know what I mean. The language is simple enough for my four-year-old, and there's not too much text on each page, so he can read it himself and not get overwhelmed.


Title: Zak and His Little Lies
Author: J. Samia Mair
Price: £4.99

"Zak is on his final warning. If he tells one more lie, however little, he won't be going to the skate park with Baba and Hana. With one job left to do, what could go wrong? A lot, it turns out (...)."

Zak is about to learn a big lesson about lying. He and his sister Hana have only one chore left for the day - delivering some baklava to the neighbours before they can go to the skatepark. Turns out that still leaves Zak with a few opportunities to bend the truth. We can quickly see, however, that Zak himself is the one suffering the consequences of his little lies. That is, until he does some real damage and lets Mama and Baba blame Hana for it. But then he sees his Quran and remembers that "Nothing in the earth and in the heavens is hidden from Allah".

At the end of the book we also found a great little Q&A activity for the kids, along with the Hadith and Quran verses about being truthful.

This one is definitely more suited for a bit older children, but younger ones can enjoy it with some help from a grown-up.