Cotton Candy Sky by Zain Bhikha
📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚
Title: Cotton Candy Sky
Author: Zain Bhikha @zainbhikhaofficial
Illustrator: Amir and Meliha Al-Zubi
Publisher: The Islamic Foundation @kubepublishing
Islamic Content: Hope and Allah's creation
This is the second publication in the book song series by well-known nasheed artist, Zain Bhikha. It is about family, love, kindness and hope all through faith in Allah. The many colours of the sky are used as metaphors of the different joys we experience through the goodness of the people around us. More importantly, it also recognizes the days with gray skies and the rain with hopes to see the beautiful colours of the sky back again. The diversity of characters and the themes touched on, make this book truly wholesome. The subtle Islamic reference without it becoming preachy is quite remarkable.
I am going to be honest, I don't really listen to nasheeds, even if they are non-instrumental, thus I really had no expectations of what this book was going to be about. I am refreshingly surprised at the beautiful messages it carries. The illustrations are vibrant and wonderful. The book is written in first person and has repetitive verses, which I assume is the chorus of the nasheed. Two things that are so unique to see in it that aren't usually common in Muslim kid lit are: 1- the blended family shown at their wedding, and 2-the mention of a mother who lost a child. Although I was a sceptic before, I can definitely see that the nasheeds in book from are a great alternative many families. This is definitely a book you would want added to your child's Muslim shelf space.