Friday, June 29, 2012

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: a Muslim Book of Colors

                                                 
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns:  A Muslim Book of Colors
by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
Chronicle Books, 2012.  Unpaged.  Picture Book

     A lovely introduction for children to the art and traditions of Islam, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns takes a color-coded look Ramadan, Eid, the Arabic language, and traditional Middle Eastern dress. The text rhymes:  "White is a kufi, round and flat./ Grandpa wears this traditional hat," and each familiar color introduces Western children to the mostly unfamiliar constituents of Islam.  Orange is the color of henna, Yellow is the color of the box where zakat, gifts for the poor, are deposited. Young girls, especially, should enjoy this story of another young girl from a different country, with different traditions, but where a gift of a doll is still the best thing.

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