Under My Hijab
Written by Hena Khan
Illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel
Age Level: 4 - 7 Grade Level: 1 – 2
This is a beautiful, simple book. It shows how ladies wear their hijab in different settings outside the home. I didn’t know they usually don’t wear them, at home. I liked this book a lot, but I didn’t love it. I wanted a little more information from the words.
Here’s another book I had already reviewed. I loved it, and I learned so much about Islam and its history, but it’s a middle grade novel. There’s more room to tell the story. I looked up my review, and it tops the list on Amazon for this book. WAHOO!
Laila and the Sands of Time
Written by Shirin Shamsi
Age Level: 8 - 12 Grade Level: 4 – 6
If you’re looking for a story about a different time, a different culture, this is it! Laila was supposed to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca with her father, but everything changed when cancer took him away. Her aunt and uncle take her instead, and that’s when Laila finds herself swept back to 7th century Arabia. She makes a new friend who must get her baby sister out of Mecca, and out of danger. The two girls find a caravan crossing the desert. They’ll follow it part-way then sneak away so they can reach safety in Yathrib, modern-day Medina. Can Laila navigate danger to protect the baby? Will she return home again? If you’re seeking adventure, this is the book for you!
Whenever I read or write, I find a comfy chair with a great view. I get my favorite drink, stretch out, and let the words take me away.