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Monday 6 March 2017

Book Review: Bismillah Leyla

Title: Bismillah Little Leyla
Author: Qura Abid
Illustrator: Mona Ismail
Age: 3-5 year olds

Mommy and daddy are so proud! Little Leyla knows so much now. Join Leyla as she goes through her day and scores big goals! Leyla knows we start everything with Bismillah to show that we know Allah is watching and waiting to help. Leyla knows and we should know too, Say Bismillah and Allah will always help you!

What I really like about this book is that it's repetitive. Whatever Leyla does in her day, there's always this refrain "but first what must she say? Leyla knows! Do you? It’s Bismillah!". This repetitive phrase is what will help children learn that whatever they do, they must first say 'Bismillah'.

It's different to other dua books because most others teach children the different phrases to say in different situations. But with this book the only focus is on the phrase 'bismillah'. Thsi makes it simpler for young children to learn and concentrate on this one phrase. 

The other thing I like about it is that it actually follows the story of Leyla from when she wakes up to her having breakfast and then playing. Other books that focuses on one phrase tend to have separate incidences on each page, so there's no storyline. 

This is a great book to read and reread to children when you're trying to teach them to say 'Bismillah' before they do anything. Get your copy below (my affiliate link):

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