Tuesday, September 6, 2011

RTL: The Ways I Will Love You

 السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Book Title: The Ways I Will Love You
Author: Rachel Boehm
Islamically Appropriate?: No
Genre: Fiction
Book Format: Board Book
Age Group: 0-4
Book Review: This story is of a mother telling her child the many ways she will love him. The mother mentions that she will love her child with toys, visits to the library and the zoo, with shape sorters and games and walks in the park. The first lines of the story include the mother telling her child she will love him with music and throughout the book the family dog is present. For these two reasons (i.e. the music and the family dog), I would not recommend this book. If the dog had been absent, I think I would have been inclinded to suggest an alternative way to read the verse that contains the mention of music and then list this book as a recommended one, but as infants and toddlers take in everything around them (visually and auditory) without an ability to discriminate between that which is beneficial and that which is harmful, I would not suggest this book, despite the fact that the story has some nice aspects. 

Until the next read insha'Allaah....

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