Full title: Growing up Muslim: Understanding
the Beliefs and Practices of Islam
By: Listening Library
Length: 5 hrs., 16 mins.
This book was well organized and clearly written. This is a non-fiction that teaches Muslim-born children what being Muslim is, from the clothes that are worn and the food that is eaten and even touches on the Five Pillars of Islam, and certain stories about the Prophet Muhammad, and how Islam is similarly linked to Christianity and Judaism based on the holy books of each religion. This book is also useful for inquiring minds as well, answering questions like “Why don’t Muslims eat pork?” or “Do girls really need to wear the hijab/burka/niqab?”
The author used a lot of great personal life examples throughout the book, and even included some recipes (which sound delicious), that are typically made only on special holidays like Eid. The author is a Pakistani-Muslim, whose family moved to the US at a young age. She tells the stories of living in a small community of Muslims and how a family friend’s garage served as a makeshift mosque and weekend Sunday school, where the children learned the Quran and how to pray.
I would recommend this book for any school. It’s educational, there is no hidden messages embedded into the book, and it’s great to help a school library build its 200-section.