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Iqbal and His ingenious Idea by Elizabeth Suneby


Title: Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea

Author: Elizabeth Suneby

Illustrator: Rebecca Green

Publisher: Citizen Kids

Type: Fiction

Age: 7-11

Rating: 10/10 ๐ŸŒŸ


Islamic Content: Muslim family, Mentions Ramadan, Eid ul-Fitr and prayer


Concerns: None



Monsoon rain season is here and Iqbal's mother has no choice but to cook their family meals indoors over an open fire. His mother and baby sister have a bad cough due to the smoke. After long nights of worrying, Iqbal comes up with the idea of making a smokeless oven for his science fair for a prize. Iqbal was doing many hours of research; he uses an old umbrella, aluminum foil and a black pan to test this solar powered oven.



This story is so inspiring, mashaAllah. It motivates kids to do great things, even if something may seem beyond their scope. Various valuable lessons in this book bring this story to new depths. The young readers get insight to an alternative lifestyle they have no idea about. Iqbal and his sister attend school while also contributing at home by helping in the fields, taking care of their baby sibling as well as cooking; an important lesson in family dynamics. The genuine care and love within family members comes through in a very toughing way. The mportance of selfless thoughts and acts that make a difference in someone else's daily life key. I just absolutely love the raw feel that resonates from the illustrations. This book brings about a great discussion about the daily blessings we take for granted, the mindfulness we need to have about our environment as well as health. The only thing I really wish could have been slightly tweeked is some of the advanced vocabulary. There a page of glossary included in the end. Other than that, I absolutely love this book and I think all libraries, including Islamic schools should have this in their collection.


Available: Indigo, Amazon.



Jan 17/2020

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