I Will Not Clean My Room – A Book Review

 

Author: Saharish Arshad

Illustrator: Elsa Estrada

Number of Pages: 30

Published by: Prolance

If you are looking for an amazing, engaging and colourful book to introduce your children to Jannah ‘I will not clean my room’ is a must have for your book shelf! Within a few minutes of receiving the book, I have already read it thrice and thoroughly enjoyed it.

‘I will not clean my room’ is a cute story with a sweet rhyme. It is about a restless young boy, Musa, who is asked by his mother to clean his messy bedroom. Instead of cleaning, however, he grabs the broom and starts day dreaming about Jannah. His dreams are the dreams of every child; gazillions of toys and chocolate streams. Children (and even adults!) can relate to his wonderful imaginings and every jumpy kid will resonate with Musa as he zooms across the room. (My son said, “I am so like Musa! I can’t sit still).

The book does have a moral; ‘good deeds are worth the effort’, and it has been given in a very simple, not-too-preachy manner. The encouraging words reassure the children that Allah will help them when they start on the path to Jannah. The book also portrays the importance of helping each other, not saying rude things and working together as a family.

The author Saharish Arshad has done a remarkable job as she conveys a simple idea in a captivating manner.  She has written in the past for Little Explorer’s Magazine and this is her first published book. It is the first book in the series ‘My Journey to Jannah’. Meticulous and detailed illustrations by Elsa Estrada add colour to the story.

The book is highly recommended for every parent who wishes to instill the love of Jannah in their children, wants them to crave it and race towards it through good deeds.

The book is available for purchase from Amazon and from the publisher Prolance.

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Learning about the Universe

As I mentioned in my previous post, the topic that we explored after plants was ‘The Universe’. After having completed all the plant activities S chose the chapter about Solar System from his book. I asked him to read the first two pages of the text, highlight any thing that seemed important to him and underline the words and sentences that he did not understand.

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He highlighted ‘There are many, many solar systems in the universe’ and commented that this was new information for him. He did not know the meaning of the universe, so we began to discuss. Our discussion began from the sun and the planets and went on to the vastness of the universe. This suddenly reminded me of a book that I had recently purchased from the book fair and hadn’t had the chance to read it. It was fun!

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At this point we talked about the Might and Power of Allah, that He created it all and He is the Biggest and the Greatest. A few lines about Allah would have been a great conclusion for this book, but alas…

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Afterwards, we read about the planets. He was greatly disappointed by the fact that the planets were now eight and not nine. He did not like the idea of demoting Pluto and insisted that we consider it a planet. We read about why it was not considered a planet anymore from different websites. This is his picture of the solar system (unlabelled and uncoloured despite my requests).

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Then we were talking about Space travel and how little we know about the universe. I related the story of Isra and Mai’raj to him. My favourite comment from his was, “Oh then Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam must have seen all the planets! He must have said ‘there is Jupiter and that is Mars!'”. I had to then explain to him that these planets were named such afterwards and that yes he may have seen them and he may have not. The speed of the Burraq made him all wondrous!

In the week that followed we read more about the space and meteors and comets and stars and planets.

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We also did the Spaceship Earth mysteries from mystery science which were very interesting. The questions that we explored were ‘Why does the sun rise and set?’,’Who set the first clock? (the activity with this mystery is very interesting. We get to make our own shadow clock! I also showed him some really marvelous clocks made by earlier Muslims, like the elephant clock and other time keeping devices. We also discussed how we can determine the time for different prayers by looking at the shadow), ‘Why do the stars change with the season?’ (discussing in between the ayahs about stars and how Allah created them for navigation (Surah Al-An’am 6, Verse 97)), ‘How can the sun tell you the season?’, ‘Why does the moon change shape?’ and ‘What are the wandering stars?

This was just an official learning about the space and the universe. Otherwise, we have always loved observing the sky and discussing it. At first it was just the moon and planets, and now we try to figure out the different constellations and locate different stars and planets using the Sky Map App.

Lastly and luckily, S also got the chance to view the full moon through a telescope!

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Alhumdulillah! The universe is so fun to learn about and it does increase your faith when you ponder over it!