‘And ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him. Indeed, my Lord is Merciful and Affectionate.’ (Surah 11:90)
Forgiveness is such an important character trait but how many of us actually find it easy to forgive? It is so easy to hold onto grudges, not accept apologies and carry the burden of any problems around with you. I know I struggle with forgiving and I want the girls to understand how forgiveness is better than being burdened with anger and resentment. So when I saw this book I had to get it for Bee.
Let it Go tackles the concept of forgiveness and helps children to talk about their feelings.
Let It Go
Authors: Na’ima B Robert and Mufti Menk
Illustrator: Samantha Chaffey
The story follows a little boy as his day goes from bad to worse. Every little thing that happens is making him angrier as the day goes on, and he doesn’t want to let go. Read the story to find out what happens.
But I don’t want to let it go.
I want to hold on.
My heart feels even heavier.
As time goes on.
What Did We Think?
Myself and Bee loved the book. It is excellent quality (which does matter!) and the message within the book is SO important. The rhyming style in which it is written makes it all the more charming.
The illustrations really stand out and reflect the topic. The little boy is encouraged to let it go but each time he doesn’t want to. The illustration reflects his sadness and anger and is shown by the carrying of a small bag on a stick, which gets bigger as the day goes on, signifying the burden he is carrying – which is impacting him the more he won’t let it go.
Finally he upsets his sister which makes him think and realise that everyone can make mistakes, and that forgiving is not a weakness.
To reinforce the importance of forgiveness some verses and hadith are mentioned at the back of the book. In addition this the children are encouraged to talk about there feelings and there is even a section for them to write down what makes them feel angry, hurt or sad….but also reminding them to talk about things they are grateful for.
Talking about feelings is so important. Many adults struggle and it can be difficult for children to express their feelings. As parents we need to be aware of their feelings and encourage them to discuss what they are feeling. This book helps you start that conversation. Definitely a book to have in your book collection.
If you would like a better look into the book then do watch my IGTV video.
If you are interested in getting the book then this is available via Amazon (affiliate link).
Life isn’t alway easy
Even when you’re small.
You may feel angry, or hurt, or sad
We’re only human, after all.Mufti Menk