"History, shape and pattern, culture and colour in this Muslim book of shapes"
You almost know this is going to be a beautiful book by its title. It is described as a Muslim book of shapes, but it is so much more.
I have to say I learned a lot from this book and was extremely glad of the informative and helpful glossary.
The book offers so much – history, shape and pattern, culture and colour. It is so clever that in addition to the different shapes written about on each page, there are more ovals, or arches to look for in the illustrations, subtly hidden in fabrics and the decorations of the mosque. As with many books for young children the use of rhyming couplets adds a lovely rhythm to the pages, as does the fact that the book tracks a whole day from morning prayer to the night sky.
Each page is bright and detailed and all the characters in the illustrations seem to shine with a sense of wonderment as if something magical is happening. There is so much to see and discuss on each page which makes it a perfect book to share.
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