The Zaynab and Zakariya series aims to cover a wide range of social and ethical issues. Young readers will enjoy reading these informative books and also discover how to deal with situations from an Islamic perspective.
As part of being brand ambassador for Mini Muslim Playground, I was sent a couple of books from the Zaynab and Zakariya series as they know how much we love books in our house! And this was a series I had not yet come across. I was pleased to learn about them when I realised that they cover social and ethical issues.
Zaynab and Zakariya Learn to Recycle
The title is pretty much self explanatory; Zainab and Zakariya learn about recycling. They learn about the importance of recycling and how it will help the environment in the long term, and also that it is not just paper that can be recycled but that they can also make their own compost.
Zaynab and Zakariya find that there are lots of things that can be recycled. They also learn that caring for the planet pleases Allah too.
The recycling process itself for paper is explained in simple terms.
What I then particularly loved about this book is the mother in the story opens the Quran and reads some verses which talk about not wasting things. The verses help encourage Zaynab and Zakariya to read more about recycling and caring for the planet and to be grateful for all that Allah (swt) has created.
Zaynab and Zakariya The New Neighbour
In this book, Zaynab and Zakariya meet a neighbour who is in a wheelchair, thus learning about disabilities.
Zaynab and Zakariya learn that although Allah has made us all with very different abilities, we can still all play, learn and get along with each other.
This story in the Zaynab and Zakariya series is ideal to teach children that everyone is different; what some may find easy, others may find hard. That different people have different strengths but we can all get along.
The Zainab and Zakariya books are unique to me in that they are trying to teach children about everyday life with an islamic ethos. Things like recycling and disability may not always be something that is talked about at home…and I know when I have mentioned recycling I haven’t specifically related it to a hadith.
The illustrations are simple and no facial features are shown but they are colourful and on every page, therefore will be appealing to children who like seeing pictures. Although the books would be hard for young children to read, the text is simple and can be read to younger children and should easily be understood. And for anyone who doesn’t understand what some of the Arabic words mean, both books have a glossary at the back.
The books overall are simple, aren’t particularly text heavy, but both of them teach valuable lessons and on that basis I would recommend them.
Both books are available from Mini Muslim Playground, retailing at £3.99 each. You can find them and a selection of other books in the Mini Muslim Playground Book Section.
Disclosure: We were sent the books as part of being a brand ambassador. However all thoughts and opinions are our own.