123 in the Great Mosque of Mecca
Islamic notes: includes references to Mecca
This beautiful new book from @myshelfig and illustrated by @azramomin (one of my favorite illustrators) is a perfect board book to introduce your toddlers and preschoolers to the beauty of Mecca.⠀ ⠀ The book comes with a dry-erase marker and eraser that is super easy to use.⠀ ⠀ Each page has a number and a picture showing the number of items, each relating to a topic around the mosque of Mecca. It starts with 1 beautiful Kaabah and goes all the way to 10 people praying towards the Kaabah! I loved how beautiful the pictures were and how unique, and I even recognized the pictures being authentic to Mecca, from the tall Clock Tower to the small orange bottles of Zamzam! ⠀ There are four verses on each page and they flow really nicely, with rhymes here and there. Though there are rhymes that aren’t perfect, I loved how they were done, because they did have a rhythm and my children loved to listen to me read them.⠀ ⠀ One of my favorite parts was the counting and learning part. The numbers 1-10 come out in puzzle pieces and behind them is a dry-erase space where kids can trace the numbers and perfect their writing skills.⠀ ⠀ I love how this includes both a puzzle activity and a writing activity, and it makes it perfect for different age groups: babies that like to look at vibrant pictures, toddlers that like to put puzzles in place, and preschoolers that are learning their numbers and how to hold a pen/write.⠀ ⠀ I love how this book teaches children to love Mecca. It is the perfect starter book to talk about Hajj to your little ones, and is extremely fun and interactive to do!
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