Friday, July 13, 2012

RTL: Fall Weather, Cooler Temperatures

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Book Title: Fall Weather: Cooler Temperatures
Author: Martha E.H. Rustad
Islamically Appropriate?: Yes
Book Format: Picture Book
Age Group: 5 years and older
Book Review: In this nicely illustrated non-fiction picture book children learn about how humans and animals prepare for the Autumn (Fall) weather. They also learn how the weather changes in the Fall and some of the signs Allaah has given us to know that Autumn is on the way.

The book (and others in this series but not all are Islaamically appropriate) fit easily into the curriculum and they are well organized. The presentation of the text is especially helpful for introducing children how to read non-fiction text. The book has a table of contents, a glossary, an index and a page that lists additional resources on the topic.

Fall Weather: Cooler Temperatures can be used to help children begin to recognize how non-fiction and fiction differ and how we approach and interact with each in a unique way. Another appealing aspect of this book (and others in the series) is that the illustrations are kid-friendly and engaging. This helps keep the children's interest on the text and the information insha'Allaah. At the end of the book there is a small activity that children can complete as well.

As you begin your curriculum planning for next year, you may wish to add Fall Weather: Cooler Temperatures to your list of books to purchase for your home or classroom library insha'Allaah.

Until the next read insha'Allaah....