Talaal's Whispering Worrier
First off, I really appreciate this book for addressing the issue of anxiety and nervousness in children. A lot of children experience worrying thoughts about meeting new friends, going to school for the first time, public speaking, or similar circumstances.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I also really appreciated that this book talked about dhikr, duaa, and quran being tools to be taught to and used by young children to alleviate anxiety. There is definitely so much power in using faith to help with building confidence, and there is an ayah confirming this that says: “Indeed in the remembrance of Allah do the hearts find rest.”⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The illustrations are extremely adorable and clear, and the colors and fonts are attractive and catchy to children.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ And while I did enjoy the rhyming verses, and they entertained my kids, I did feel like they were forced and off rhythm at some points. To rhyme in children’s books, it must be done perfectly or an off-rhythm word kind of distracts from the text.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The main thing that my children didn’t understand though was the panda (the whispering worrier). They knew what nervousness was and didn’t see the need to personalize it into a panda, and they didnt understand trying to make it happy either. I feel like the book might have been better without the panda character...⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I still really found this book useful, and there are many tips for parents to help their kids with anxiety. Its a wonderful resource that can be utilized by every Muslim parent.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Get yours from Modah for 15 cad.
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