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The Green Dinosaur Umbrella by Amina Banawan


📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚


Title: The Green Dinosaur Umbrella

Author: Amina Banawan @aminabanawan

Illustrator: Rania Hasan

Publisher: Ruqaya's Bookshelf @ruqayas.bookshelf

Age: 4-11

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Islamic Content: a Hajj story

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Summary:

Ibrahim chose a green dinosaur umbrella to take along his hajj journey. After finishing his tawaf, Ibrahim's father disappeared into the crowd but it wasn't very long that because of this bright green dinosaur umbrella they had found each other. From then on this umbrella was passed on from one person to the next and it was used to ease each person's difficulties.

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Review:

I just don't know if my words in this post will do justice to how much I love this story. My love for this book grows with every time I read it. This umbrella turned out to be more than a tool to protect from the strong rays of the sun or keeping dry from the rain. The central message of the story is compassion. Each person has compassion for someone they crossed paths with and they passed on this umbrella to bring relief, ease, happiness, calm and joy. And through it all, the little readers will come across very diverse characters with unique moments: an elderly man reading Qur'an, a mother carrying her child, a man with a heavy backpack full of water that he is distributing, two men in a quarrel. Through this umbrella, the little readers learn and get familiar with Hajj vocabulary. Truly, the essence of pilgrimage is beautiful captured in this beautiful story. I absolutely love the illustrations on every page. The book ends with an ayah of the Qur'an and a simple visual map of hajj ritual places. Every household and library needs to have this book in their collection and reread every hajj season. It is a timeless book!

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July 14/2020

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