Hena Khan’s Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors is as elegantly written as it is illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini.

Every two pages of the board book are devoted a color, given a short rhyming stanza, and a scene from the glowing world of Islam. It felt fun to anticipate the upcoming rhyme and color as I turned to the next page.

Ramadan, Eid, Mecca, and the Quran are a few parts of the Islamic faith pictured; as a young girl and her family participate in daily life, the hijab and kufi, a traditional hat, also make appearances.

Passage through the book is like a brief, informative, and delightful glimpse into the world of Islam.

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is engaging and beautifully illustrated. If rhymes and colors weren’t enough, Khan and Amini even included a glossary of key terms on the closing page.

Children and parents alike can appreciate this text. It’s a piece suitable for families of any faith, and recommended to be read aloud. 

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