Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colours by Hena Khan and Mehrdokht Amini: A Review

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Paperback, 32 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2015 by Chronicle Books
Source: Raincoast Books

There is a loud call for more diverse voices in literature aimed at any age group and this beautiful book by Hena Khan and Mehrdokht Amini answers that call loudly. Being a POC of colour myself and Muslim, too, I was very intrigued by the possibilities presented by this book. In recent political climes, where actions by a few (insert strong word here) people leads to stereotypes and judgments of the worst kind (but then again, when doesn’t it?), Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is a beautifully understated way to present a different culture to kids who are learning about the world and the different kinds of people who live in it.

As I discussed in another post, diverse books work in two ways. First, they answer a need in a person to see herself/himself reflected in literature. I know I found a sense of wonder and happiness when I read this book simply because I felt like I was (via the book) sharing my culture with other people. That my culture is beautiful and has worth. Second, diverse books function as windows to other cultures; cultures that dominant groups may not necessarily be exposed to.

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is a simple book as the following excerpts from it show:

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The book describes the daily life and culture of a Muslim girl. The art is fabulous and one of the major reasons I loved this book. The little poems on each page are rhythmic and are fun to read out loud. I see this book as a springboard off which discussions about different cultures can begin. Whether you are Muslim or not, this book will be a great addition to your classroom, library or collection. Strongly recommended.

7 responses to “Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colours by Hena Khan and Mehrdokht Amini: A Review

  1. Gorgeous!
    Nafiza, you’re stretching my TBR library pile waaaay beyond what my room has space to accommodate.
    But thank you <3

  2. I’ve been thinking about ways to show off a little diversity in my own writings as well, having my main family in my story sharing my mixed Jamaican and Haitian ancestry is how I started off. Looking at this inspires me on how I can do that visually as well. I hope to take a look at it when it comes out, Thank You!

  3. It’s great to demonstrate cultural aspects, this accommodation is a beautiful form of expression that can enhance a child’s awareness and deliver a format for direction. Like every race, inscriptions are amongst the facets of individuality but the foundation of unity, it’s wonderful to see opportunities being delivered to mark respect and progressive growth of children.

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