|In my mosque|
Author: Yuksel, M. O.
A picture book featuring culturally rich artwork celebrates the joys, rituals, and traditions that are practiced in mosques throughout the world, and includes a glossary and information about many historical and significant mosques.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.90
Points: .5 Quiz: 513319
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/21)
School Library Journal (+) (00/01/21)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2021 PreS-Gr 3—This beautifully illustrated picture book, with its straightforward text, goes a long way to gently inform readers about a religion and sector of society many of them outside the faith of Islam might not encounter. Yuksel follows a young boy as he goes to his mosque on Friday, the holy day for Muslims. The perspective remains that of a child. In the mosque are rooms for prayer, meeting with fellow worshipers, rooms to gather food from food drives and other charity events, and even places for the children to play. Their prayers focus on unity among all people, and peace, love, and joy for all. They believe that, although religions may differ, we all come from the same creator. The artwork takes its cues from Middle Eastern motifs and was created digitally using scans of washes, inks, textures, and patterns. Arabic is used in certain places and those phrases are explained in the generous back matter of the book. Pair this with David Macaulay's Mosque for a detailed, architectural look at these spaces. VERDICT This marvelous, welcoming book on mosques, Muslims, and Islam is a must, offering foundational knowledge on the world's second largest religion.—Joan Kindig, James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VA - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2021 In My Mosque draws readers into the Muslim house of worship to show how it is so much more than a place to pray. Mosques are central to the lives of practicing Muslims around the world; they are places where traditions are upheld, community is developed, and problems are resolved. There, children learn about Muslim values, such as caring for others, as well as stories from Islamic scripture, even as they play and eat and get distracted and fidgety—something to which all kids who attend places of worship will relate. Back matter includes a list of historic mosques around the world, many of which are visible, though unnamed, in the illustrations. Aly’s (The Proudest Blue, 2019) illustrations echo the warmth of Yuksel’s text, depicting loving, happy communities, rich in diversity of all sorts. The striking use of geometric patterns found in Islamic art and architecture might inspire classroom art projects to complement a narrative study of houses of worship. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.