Resilient Rida and the Cochlear Implant
When I first looked at this book, I assumed it was about a child with a hearing impairment (cochlear implant), and I was very interested. Honestly, we need more books, especially Islamic ones, that teach our kids about special needs and differences, and how to treat and accepts others with these special qualities. ⠀ ⠀ I am going to be totally honest here, it was a little let-down for me that the book had very little content about the actual boy with the disability. (It wasn’t even Rida)⠀ ⠀ Honestly, I would love if we could see more details about the resilience of Karim, the boy with the disability and even the struggle of getting a cochlear implant (I have heard that it is extremely difficult to even get used to it). Maybe this can be a second book!⠀ ⠀ That being said, the book is genuinely very important for teaching children about helping others. I like how it encourages empathy in kids and pushes them to help those in need, even if it is difficult. I also like how there were a lot of new terms and facts about hearing impairments to teach the reader. The text was a little advanced and long, and so I would suggest this to be for kids ages 7 plus.⠀ ⠀ One of the best parts of the story was Panda, Rida’s friend. Panda was goofy and silly and he made my kids laugh. He was their favorite character, and his antics and words were relatable to my young ones.⠀ ⠀ I really liked that Rida was proactive in helping his friend and that he continuously tried to find a solution to raise the money for the implant. He tried a bake sale, but when that failed he was taught to make a duaa with Allah’s names for help in raising the money. They continuously did chores until they finally raised the four thousand dollars. The moment finally came when Karim got his implant and was able to hear. ⠀ ⠀ I loved the fact that the text teaches kids to both make duaa and work hard to reach your goal! It is a beautiful way of teaching kids to combine tawakul with hard work. Combining Allah’s names into the duaa was also a beautiful part of the book.⠀ ⠀ Get yours from Amazon.com for 16.50
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