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Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed


Title: Bilal Cooks Daal

Author: Aisha Saeed @aishacs

Illustrator: Anoosha Syed

Publisher: Salaam Reads

Type: Fiction

Age: 4 -11

Rating: 10 /10 ๐ŸŒŸ


Islamic Content: Muslim Protagonist


Concerns: None



Bilal and his friends help his dad prepare dinner early because this special dish, Daal, takes time and patience to be done just right. Bilal and his friends go out to play hopscotch, cool off in the swimming pool and walk in the forest to pass their time as they wait. They keep wondering, is it ready yet? Is it done yet? After all this wait, will his friends love Daal as much as he does? โญ


Let's just start with the simple statement: I just love this book! More importantly, my kids love this book! Bilal's love for this dish comes through as he endures a long wait in order to enjoy its scrumptious taste. Big lessons for kids to take, great things take time. Furthermore, his ability to also be patient and not annoyed with his friends' questions throughout the day is wonderful. I absolutely love the fact that, although, Bilal expresses his worry about the possibility of his friends not liking Daal, it is not overemphasized. The main purpose of this story is patience, diversity and trying new things. The diverse group of friends shown on the illustrations is amazing. Speaking of which, they are spot on. The book starts with Bilal and his two friends and ends with kids filling all the table space. Food definitely brings people together. Where the author really succeeds in this book is the way she details and describes the vibrant spices, the texture of daal and the reactions his friends at the first bite. It will make you want to get into the kitchen and get creative. Good thing this book comes with a recipe!! I absolutely recommend this book for all libraries.


Available: Bookstores Everywhere, Amazon



Feb 15/2020

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