Wednesday, September 14, 2011

RTL: The Friend

  السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Book Title:The Friend
Author: John Burningham
Islamically Appropriate?: No
Genre: Fiction
Book Format: Picture Book
Age Group: 2-5
Book Review: Told from the perspective of a little boy, this story explores one of the facets of childhood: having a best friend. Fun, fights and making up are concepts explored in the story but some gestures are not those that Muslim children should adapt as the Prophet (sallaallaahu alayhi wa salam) has instructed us to have the best manners and that we want for our brother what we want for ourselves. Fighting between friends does happen but how we teach our children to react in those situations is key in raising children with good manners. The story itself does not appear to encourage the gestures that are pictured in the illustrations but we also do not wish to introduce a disliked gesture to our children...waallaahu a'lam. There is also an illustration showing the two boys watching television and many parents do not wish their children to be introduced to this habit as well. 

Until the next read insha'Allaah....

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