Like the Moon Loves the Sky
Like the Moon Loves the Sky
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Like the Moon Loves the Sky

Written by Hena Khan & illustrated by Saffa Khan
Published by Chronicle Books
Prices as of Oct 22

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A sincere and beautiful addition to any library interested in diversity and parental love.

Beginning at the title page with the heartfelt author’s note, Hena Khan explains the meaning of the Arabic phrase “inshallah,” the inceptive core in this story of a mother’s love. Each page poses a mother’s deep wish for her child, such as “Inshallah you speak truth and work for its sake.” Each wish is coordinated with Saffa Khan’s colorfully illustrated moments as her child ages—such as jumping off a diving board and riding a bike for the first time, playing in a fort with friends, reading a book with mom at bedtime, and gardening—all made extraordinary through the view of a mother’s love. As described in the author’s note, the rhyming lines in this book is inspired by the Quran but “are universal values that transcend any particular belief system.” The illustrations are wonderfully unique and beautiful with a consistent and vibrant color palette, binding the book with a feeling of firm identity. Matching in beauty is the text, creating an inspiring new take on a mother’s musings about their children’s futures in a thoughtful and real way through the relatable moments included in the book. This touching read is tenderly written and lovingly illustrated.

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What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • This loving story is full of hopes of a mother for her child. What hopes do you have for yourself? Who do you want to become, and what qualities do you hope to develop?
  • This book and story shows the love of a mother. How do you know your parents love you? How can you show your parents that you love them?


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Book Details

Publication Date
March 10, 2020
Text Details
Typeset in Orange Juice.
Illustration Details
The illustrations in this book were primarily rendered digitally, with ink for strokes and texture.
Page Count
Reading Age
3 - 5 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
WorldCat Number (OCLC)

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