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Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets

Written by Hena Khan

Illustrated by Hena Khan, Mehrdokht Amini

Early Years Key Stage 1 First Concepts General Non-Fiction Religion / Bible Stories

LoveReading View on Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets

History, shape and pattern, culture and colour in this Muslim book of shapes

You almost know this is going to be a beautiful book by its title. It is described as a Muslim book of shapes, but it is so much more. 

I have to say I learned a lot from this book and was extremely glad of the informative and helpful glossary. 

The book offers so much – history, shape and pattern, culture and colour. It is so clever that in addition to the different shapes written about on each page, there are more ovals, or arches to look for in the illustrations, subtly hidden in fabrics and the decorations of the mosque. As with many books for young children the use of rhyming couplets adds a lovely rhythm to the pages, as does the fact that the book tracks a whole day from morning prayer to the night sky.

Each page is bright and detailed and all the characters in the illustrations seem to shine with a sense of wonderment as if something magical is happening. There is so much to see and discuss on each page which makes it a perfect book to share. 

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Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets Synopsis

From a crescent moon to a square garden to an octagonal fountain, this breathtaking picture book celebrates the shapes-and traditions-of the Muslim world.

Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets is equally at home in a classroom reading circle and on a parent's lap being read to a child.

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets Press Reviews

“This beautifully designed picture book with exquisite illustrations explores a variety of shapes relating to Islamic objects and practices. […] This lovely visual exploration of pattern, art, Islam and different cultures is perfect to share with children at home or in the classroom.” – BookTrust 

“The beauty of the artwork in this book reflects the tradition in Islamic art of evoking the sacred through pattern and shape. Each page turn leads us to a world of discovery. […] This book is really a feast for the eyes. The luscious art and the gentle rhyming text evoke a beautiful, contemplative feeling, along with a celebratory sense of the beauty of creation and life.” – Children’s Books Ireland

Book Information

ISBN: 9781797211442
Publication date: 15th April 2021
Author: Hena Khan
Illustrator: Hena Khan, Mehrdokht Amini
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years, Key Stage 1
Topics: First Concepts, General Non-Fiction, Religion / Bible Stories

About Hena Khan

Hena Khan is the author of numerous books for children, including Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors and Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story. She lives in Rockville, Maryland. Mehrdokht Amini is the illustrator of Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors and other books for children. She grew up in Iran and now lives in Surrey, England.

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