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Like the Moon Loves the Sky

Written by Hena Khan and illustrated by Saffa Khan
Published by Chronicle Books
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5.25
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Goodreads Rating - 4.4 / 5.0
$17.99
List Price
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Target Age
40
Pages
Picture
Book Type

What Does Bookroo Think of This Book

“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 noted 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.

What's This Book About

Publisher Summary

A lyrical and heartwarming celebration of a mother’s love for her children by the award-winning author of Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.

In this moving picture book, author Hena Khan shares her wishes for her children: “Inshallah you find wonder in birds as they fly. Inshallah you are loved, like the moon loves the sky.” With vibrant illustrations and prose inspired by the Quran, this charming picture book is a heartfelt and universal celebration of a parent’s unconditional love.

• A reassuring bedtime read-aloud for mothers and their children. • A perfect book for sharing Muslim family traditions and for families teaching diversity and religious acceptance. • Hena Khan’s books have been widely acclaimed, winning awards and honors from the ALA, Parent’s Choice, and many others.

For families who have read and loved Under My Hijab, Yo Soy Muslim, and Mommy’s Khimar.

A sweet and lovely bedtime book to help let children know they are loved and precious.

What Kind of Book is Like the Moon Loves the Sky

Quotes from This Book

  • "Inshallah you have faith / that won't waver or bend."
  • "Inshallah you seek knowledge, / reflect, and read."

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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Who Wrote Like the Moon Loves the Sky

author
Hena Khan

Hena Khan is the author of numerous books for children, including Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors and Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes. She lives in Rockville, Maryland.

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Who Illustrated Like the Moon Loves the Sky

illustrator
Saffa Khan

Saffa Khan is an illustrator and printmaker born in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, and living in Glasgow, Scotland.

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What Do Critics Say About This Book

  • Kirkus Reviews

    “Simple and lyrical verse expresses a parent’s wish of safety, love, happiness, and so much more for her child . . . This beautiful, sweet, heartfelt message of love and hope for a child will resonate with many.”

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  • Noureen Qadir-Jafar - The School Library Journal

    “A book for Muslim families to introduce religious traditions to young children and for non-Muslim families who wish to teach diversity and religious acceptance.”

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  • Publishers Weekly

    “It’s a view of a childhood focused not just on well-being, but on hope—to “count all your blessings” and “find wonder”—as well.”

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
1452180199
ISBN 13:
9781452180199
Publication Date:
March 10, 2020