Published by Chronicle Books
Summary: In this follow-up to Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Shapes, the author-illustrator team explores various aspects of Islam by looking at different shapes. Each page contains a rhyming couplet introducing a shape and a word from Islam (“Circle is a daff, a drum large and round./We fill the air with its festive sound”). The illustrations portray Muslims from a variety of countries and cultures. Includes a glossary that gives more information about each term from the text and an author’s note describing the importance of shapes and geometry in Islamic art. 32 pages; ages 3-8.
Pros: An excellent introduction to the Muslim faith, with interesting illustrations that include a wide variety of beautiful geometric patterns.
Cons: The information is pretty brief; I was curious about many of the terms, but the glossary only provides a sentence or two about each one.