Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 17 user ratings

" Beautiful. If felt like the frequency of unfamiliar words took my little reader out of the story, and I would have preferred to follow one character who could provide an anchor or a sense of connection. (Each spread is a different location with different people.) Since they went with the approach of showing many cultures, and end notes say each spread shows a different country, a label indicating which country would have added enjoyment. " said.

"I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets is a concept book that teaches shapes through common objects and celebrations associated with the Muslim faith. It's very well done. We are beyond the concept book phase in our house, but we enjoyed the rhyme, the new vocabulary words, and the diverse illustrations.

I had not read the first book in this series, which focuses on colors, but was thrilled to learn my daughter had read it at school. As much as I hate to give it up, this one will be donated to the school library, too!
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"From the moment you encounter this book’s richly colored and patterned end paper till the final page, this is an exquisite reading experience. Amini’s illustrations contain moments that are sometimes sacred and sometimes playful; they are all beautifully textured and dimensional. Muslim worshippers is many skin tones are depicted. Khan’s succinct, rhyming English text contains Arabic words that are well contextualized, though there is also a glossary in the back of the book. Oh, and it’s a shape book! Crescents, cubes, arches, squares, hexagons, and more are all described. " said.

"Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: By Hena Khan @kidlitexchange #partner Review – all opinions are my own.


I have been looking forward to reading this picture book since I read Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.

As a preschool teacher in a very diverse class, I am always looking for stories that look like the students in my class, because representation matters more to all children.

I love the beautiful illustrations by Mehrdokht Amini. They truly capture the beauty and vibrance of Islamic culture.

This is a great way to introduce shapes and another culture to your 3-5 year olds.

*** I highly recommend this beautiful story. A

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"Annotation originally published Jan. 2019 at Falling Letters.

A celebration of Islamic faith and artistry, Hena Khan and Mehrdokt Amini’s Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets depicts Muslim religious practices around the world by way of vibrant designs and shapes seen in various spaces. The first-person narrator describes how the beauty she sees strengthens her faith. A glossary and author’s note that addresses the significance of geometry in Islamic art enhance the book for use as a teaching tool. Age 5+.
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"A superb concept book that has a definite Muslim flair that is very welcome. The rhyming story opens with the cone-shaped tops of the minaret. Rectangle is the mosque’s door. Then readers get invited in to see octagon fountains, arches, triangles formed by stairs. The book moves on to gardens, a shared meal at an oval table. It ends with a crescent moon in the sky.

I appreciate that this concept book about shapes offers many shapes that are not the expected ones like cones and crescents. Add in the focus on diversity that is inherent on each page, and this book is certainly something special. The book includes Muslim terms that are used in the text and then defined in the glossary at the end of the book. The illustrations are modern and bright, a mix of tradition and modernity that shines on the page. The shapes are clear and easily found in each image. A gem of a picture book that belongs in all collections. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
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"Beautiful picture book illustrating, in mixed media, Muslim art, architecture, and cultural and religion customs and rituals. The artist and illustrator explore the concept of shapes in art and everyday life - oval tables, diamond designs printed on fabric for clothing, octagonal fountains, rectangular carved doors for mosques, and many others. The colors are vibrant and lovely, the text is interesting and educational, and there is a helpful glossary at the end explaining words that might be unfamiliar, as well as a note about the importance of geometry and mathematics in Islamic art and architecture. Interestingly, each picture depicts a different country around the world where examples of Islamic art are representative. A lovely book by the author of the young adult novel Amina's Voice, which is very popular in the library where I work; illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini, who has illustrated several other books for children, including their other collaboration, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors. Both are definitely recommended!" said.

"Its probably a good thing I didn't know that this book was coming out or I would have been waiting very restlessly for its release date. I love Hena Khan's Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns and buy it frequently from scholastic to give as gifts, and this book will definitely follow in its footsteps.

The pictures are beautiful and vibrant and full of diversity as familiar shapes introduce possibly unfamiliar things. Aimed at both muslim and non muslim preschoolers, this book does a great job of telling and showing what a mihrab, a mimbar, and a mosque are, and introducing concepts of wudu and imam and jannah, that can be understood with the help of the glossary at the end.

The book flows and really transports the reader to a peaceful and enchanting place where these shapes and concepts are powerful and wonderful. A great message for everyone of every age.

The book is 32 pages and really is worth every penny. I would imagine that it will eventually make it to paperback, so if you need to wait, check your library and then stock up when you can.
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