A young girl's imagination takes flight and carries her on a magical journey. From the great mosques to wondrous palaces and ornamental gardens, she journeys through the rich artistic heritage of the Islamic civilization. The richness and beauty of Islamic art is brought to life....
|Title||:||Journey Through Islamic Arts|
|Number of Pages||:||589 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Journey Through Islamic Arts Reviews
Journey through Islamic ArtAuthor: Na’ima bint Robert & Dianna MayoSuggest Reading Age: 4-7 yearsThis dual language has stunning illustrations throughout which take up most of the pages. These illustrations really show the beauty of Islam art and will be a great tool for not only children with English as an additional language but also visual learners.The book tells the story of a young Islamic girl that dreams she weaves a silk flying clock that takes her to different parts of the world such as Spain and Bagdad. On her flying journey the girls sees beautiful buildings and temples, such as the largest mosque in the world Samarra. The girl also sees scientists, inventors, astronomers, stonemasons, calligraphers, silversmiths and silk weavers on her journey. The girl enters palaces and touches woodcarvings and woven carpets. The Illustrations of the inside of the temples and the wood carvings are shown in strong creative detail for the reader. The book would be a good resource in Humanities or Re when looking at Islam. The people that the girl sees are all dressed in tradition Islam costumes, which can also be discussed with the children. The book is in dual language; English and Arabic. This would be a good resource to use with an EAL pupil and they will be able to see differences or similarities between written English and written Arabic. One negative aspect of the book that I did notice was that when the young Islamic girl was travelling in her dream, although she did see many talented people, all the people that she did see were men. I think this is an element to consider when thinking about stereotyping gender to children. As some children may read from this book that only men are the ones who can be inventors and stonemasons and not women.I would enjoy using this book as a resource in an Art lesson, a Re lesson or a Humanities lesson. The illustrations are beautifully detailed and who encourage any pupil to learn more about religion and cultures from all around the world. The subject of dreams and the imagination can also be considered when reading this book.
This book follows the story, or more specifically the dream of a young girl. A silken thread is used as a metaphor for her imagination as the reader travels through the book on a journey to some beautiful places of Islamic significance. Every page is wonderfully illustrated using colours, patterns and depictions close to the real life versions of the places. Through the book, we visit the mosques in Baghdad, the gardens, patios and palaces of Southern Spain and even the Taj Majal. The book is a clever mixture of fiction and non-fiction and even includes factual information at end in the form of a glossary. I think the book could inspire young people to want to travel and discover other countries and cultures. It finished with a charming caption which sums this book up beautifully:‘This voyage was a dream – a child’s fantasy, though all its destinations are true. I hope that your cloak will be spun by this tale and that you will go there too’. I think this book could be used in an early KS2 art lessons with cross curricular links with Religious Education and even Geography. You could start by finding the different places on a map and discuss the similarities and differences, compare the illustrations in the books with the places in real life.
Absolutely beautiful! The illustrations are as magical as the narrator's journey. The text does not rhyme but flows very nicely, and it's full interesting words and rich descriptions. An example, about the Taj Mahal: "A building born from a deathbed promise, / Its garment of white marble / Shimmered in the light." This is a wonderful addition to our collection of children's books, which we deliberately curate to reflect the diversity of the world -- a beautiful treatment of an artistic heritage, people of color in a variety of traditional/historical dress, places around the world, and even a different alphabet. (The text is in Russian and English.) I highly recommend this book for babies through young school-age children. The beautiful illustrations will captivate the youngest listeners, the brief text is appropriate for short attention spans, and there's plenty to discuss with older children.