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|Crescent moons and pointed minarets : a Muslim book of shapes|
Author: Khan, Hena
In simple rhyming text a young Muslim girl guides the reader through the traditions and shapes of Islam.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 196903
Kirkus Reviews (04/15/18)
School Library Journal (+) (07/01/18)
Booklist (+) (04/15/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/15/2018 *Starred Review* As the author’s note points out, images of God are prohibited and those of human or animal forms are discouraged in Islamic art, so architecture often incorporates geometric shapes and motifs. This introduction to that concept uses words (which will be unfamiliar to some readers or are in Arabic) juxtaposed against bold artwork depicting what the words describe. For instance, the first simple couplet notes, “Cone is the tip / of the minaret so tall. / I hear soft echoes / of the prayer call.” Dynamically designed conical tops appear on several minarets on the facing page. Each subsequent spread offers an example of a shape and how it can be used in an object that aids a religious pursuit. An octagonal fountain’s water is used to “make my wudu.” The explanation—a ritual washing of various body parts—is given in the glossary, where at least one word from each spread is defined. Those already familiar with Islam will respond immediately to the material, while others will be intrigued enough to learn more. Amini, who illustrated Yo Soy Muslim (2017), once again offers eye-popping mixed-media illustrations. The design work is exquisite, but equally inviting is the array of people representing Muslims from around the world. A thoughtful, multilayered offering. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 07/01/2018 K-Gr 4—A follow-up to Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors, by the same team, this appealing and well-designed picture book has great potential for cross-curricular use. Khan blends geometry terms (arch, hexagon, cone) and vocabulary about Islam in gentle couplets rich with sensory detail. Amini's vividly colored spreads use patterns and architectural elements from classical Islamic art, enlivened with whimsical additions, such as a tabby cat that appears on several pages. Although Amini's style is painterly overall, subtle photographic elements add dimensionality and specificity to clothing, meals, and setting, all of which shift at each turn of the page to depict different countries. A multiracial cast, large eyed and expressive in gesture, engages in ritual acts including washing before prayers (wudu), using a drum (daff) in celebration, and reading an ayah (verse) of the Quran. Khan's accessible text is lyrical ("square is a garden with sweet orange trees, a hint of jannah on its fragrant breeze") but simple enough for younger readers. A glossary gives clear definitions of the Arabic terms (although not the geometry words) and an author's note explains why shapes and patterns are so important in Muslim artistic traditions. VERDICT This affirming child's-eye view of Islamic religious practices will be a strong addition to most collections.—Miriam DesHarnais, Towson University, MD - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.