Thursday, October 6, 2011

RTL: Fly Away Home

  السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Book Title: Fly Away Home
Author: Eve Bunting
Islamically Appropriate?: Yes
Genre: Fiction
Book Format: Picture Book
Age Group: 5-8
Book Review: This is a story that deals with a sensitive topic: homelessness. The author tells the story of a little boy whose mother passed away and somehow (we are not told how in the story), the little boy and his father have ended up homeless. The story is told in the little boy's voice and he tells of how he and his father live in the airport, how they avoid security and how they keep clean, etc. The little boy is almost at the age where he will be starting school and his father has told him that they will find a way to make sure he does not miss this. Toward the end of the story, the little boy sees a little bird that has flown into the airport and become trapped. The little boy watches the bird intently as it tries to escape and...I'll let you read for yourself insha'Allaah *smile*. This story may be one that can be read aloud when teaching empathy or to support a unit on sadaqa, zakat, the sahaba, helping others, or compassion. It touches on a delicate subject but does so very well. Grade 3 teachers/parents may find this lesson plan, that uses this book, helpful...waallaahu a'lam.

 Until the next read insha'Allaah....


  1. Assalamu Aleykum,

    I'm a faithful reader, but I don't think I've ever commented.I would definitely love to read this one to my son, I really love the topic, so different from usual children's books, MashALLAH.Keep up the good work!

  2. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullaah

    jazakillaahu khayr dear sis Umm Zakarya for your comment. It is very nice to hear from you *smile*.

    I hope you enjoy this book with your son insha'Allaah. I agree that the topic veers from the usual ones addressed in children's books and I too like that. I believe that it is important for children to see that other children live lives that are different from their own and that include struggles that children may never imagine or expect a child their age would encounter.

    Again, jazakillaahu khayr for your comment and it is nice to make your acquaintance and to hear from you.

  3. Wa iyaka dear sister.Your blog is really awesome mashALLAH :)