Alana’s Bananas by Ruqaya's Bookshelf is a funny and cute tale about a little girl with a banana obsession.⠀ ⠀ (I think every mom can attest to the fact that most little children love bananas, and at times it is the only food that kids agree to eat. My son went through a period of time where all he ate was bananas, just like Alana.)⠀ ⠀ Alana discovers that there are no bananas left in the grocery stores, because a storm has ruined the banana crops in Costa Rica. Her mother and father rush around to find bananas but they can’t find any. Alana refuses to eat anything else and her parents are worried on how to feed her. They rush to find a creative solution: (read the book to find out how they convince Alana to eat other foods).⠀ ⠀ While this book is not overtly Islamic, it does hint at Islamic ideas like eating the variety of food that Allah has blessed us with. This brought back memories of my childhood and how my parents would tell us that it was not okay to say we didn’t like to eat a certain food, because it was from Allah, and that we should be grateful to Allah for all our blessings. (Now I am thinking it might have just been a way for them to get us to eat our dinner without being picky😅)⠀ ⠀ The book also brings up important issues like compost (recycling fruits and vegetables to use for things such as plant fertilizations) and taking care of nature. ⠀ ⠀ And it teaches kids about the love and care that parents have towards their children and how they fear for their well-being and nutrition.⠀ ⠀ My kids loved the silliness of Alana and the bright pictures of the book. They related to her struggle to eat new foods and they giggled at the creative way her parents introduced her to new foods.⠀
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