Little Brother for Sale
Little Brother for Sale tells the charming story of what happens when a big sister, Asma, becomes fed up with her little brother Hamza’s annoying little ways, so she decides enough is enough and puts her little brother up for sale.
Hamza steals his sister’s food, pulls her hair and always take their parents’ attention away from her, especially when Asma’s doing something amazingly brilliant.
Asma attempts to sell her little brother to numerous different people but does she succeed?
You’ll have to read Little Brother for Sale to see if she triumphs and actually does sell Hamza, or does she see the error of her ways and change her mind?
Reviews of Little Brother for Sale
Oh how I love to read sweet books and repeatedly thumb through warm engaging illustrations. This book is beautiful, fun, and (possibly) very relatable.
A big sister, Asma, is ready to get rid of her little brother, Hamza, so that she can enjoy all her parent’s attention. But when the mailman won’t let her ship him to grandma, and neither the lady walking down the street nor the neighbor next door want to buy him, she is determined to find someone to take him off her hands. Alas though, it is Hamza’s nap time and while mom makes salat Asma finally gets some time to herself.
Except she misses having someone sharpen her crayons, or eat the blueberries she doesn’t like, and there is no one to dance with her around the living room. She decides that maybe she does like her little brother, and lays down next to him with promises of loving and protecting him forever. Ahhh…..
Yeah, the book is pretty predictable, but the details make it charming. I love the diverse characters and the love and warmth they all exude. I love that when she drags her brother out in the wagon and holds up the for sale sign, mom is peeking out from the kitchen. I reassured myself that she was there, so it was ok for Asma to be talking to the mail man, a potential stranger, and the lady walking down the street, muslimah or not.
The only slight hiccup to me was what one-year-old, he was seemingly taking his first steps in the first picture, can sharpen crayons? Maybe I just failed to prepare my children, but other than that, the book is smooth, and well done
The binding quality, the font, the amount of text on the 26 pages, is definitely preschool to first or second grade, and the illustrations will mesmerize even toddlers who won’t understand why the book is so silly.
The book has been floating around my house and I’ve seen my 11 year old pick it up and read it on her own, and then read it to the three year old mutltiple times. She possibly was getting ideas, but maybe it also reminds us that siblings really can be both annoying and lovely as well.
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Although her family does not celebrate birthdays, Muhiima wakes on the morning of her 10th birthday to an unusual surprise. Her mother gives her a carefully drawn map with instructions not to ask questions, but to simply follow the map.
Muhiima sets off on her bicycle to begin a quest that will take her all around town. At each destination on the map she is gifted with an important message and a mysterious little box.
Travel with Muhiima on her journey and discover how the pieces of this puzzle come together. Muhiima’s Quest is a story of self-discovery and a celebration of diversity with the message that our heritage and faith are what make us unique and special.
An Inside Look at Daria Horb’s Illustrations in Muhiima’s Quest
REVIEWS OF MUHIIMA'S QUEST
Muhiima’s Quest is a lovely and inspiring picture book that takes you on an adventure through a birthday scavenger hunt. This book is a wonderful addition to a diverse bookshelf. This book is relateable for all readers as they can share in the excitement of opening birthday gifts and celebrating a milestone! (Target audience: 7-10 years old)
This book immediately caught my attention as Muhiima awakens on her birthday to find that her family has organized a scavenger hunt for her. This family tradition of planning scavenger hunts to find presents is one that my family also shares. The book takes you a bike adventure through the city as Muhiima follows the carefully drawn map.
This book puts a unique twist on the familiar birthday experience that will surely engage children. Muhiima’s quest is to simply follow the directions and not ask questions; the book has universal appeal to children and adults as we discover the puzzle along with Muhiima.
Muhiima’s Quest has a myriad of loveable characters in her family that we meet as she takes her journey. The illustrations are both engaging as well as tools for teaching about the Islamic traditions and faith. As I read this book aloud to my own daughter, I was able to easily weave comprehension and reflection questions. The narrative, as well as the message the book was trying to convey, is very interactive.
There is a surprising gift to commemorate a rite of passage at the end of the story. The birthday celebration with her entire family will give you a feeling of satisfaction and exuberance for the characters.
Understanding Islamic stereotypes about females is significant, especially in today’s political climate. There are far too many books, magazines, and movies showing harmful portrayals of females that adhere to the Muslim faith.
Having representation of strong female role models in children’s books is crucial for cultivating gender equality ideals from birth.
I highly encourage you to add Muhiima’s Quest to your multicultural library. This book is a great tool for teaching reading strategies. Additionally, it can help you teach themes of inclusion, self-confidence, faith, and diversity.
The book itself has a page in the back to write down “pearls of wisdom”. This is perfect way to reflect on the moral and ethical message, as well as encourage writing extensions and teach children to journal. This reflection page encourages activism in our young children. by taking an active role in reaching the needs in their communities, as well as on a global scale.
Again, I recommend reading this book aloud with children 7-10 years old. Alternatively, children can read the book independently, but note there are many pages with long paragraphs and rich vocabulary.
“Know your value and hold your head high”- Muhiima’s Quest
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions are my own.
Muslim picture books for kids are not easy to come by. Especially ones that showcase kids doing normal everyday things. Enter Muhiima’s Quest, a charming and inspirational book of self-discovery and a celebration of diversity with the message that our heritage and faith are what make us unique and special.
Although her family does not celebrate birthdays, Muhiima wakes on the morning of her 10th birthday to an unusual surprise. Her mother gives her a carefully drawn map with instructions not to ask questions, but to simply follow the map. Muhiima sets off on her bicycle to begin a quest that will take her all around town. At each destination on the map she is gifted with an important message and a mysterious little box. Travel with Muhiima on her journey and discover how the pieces of this puzzle come together.
Muhiima’s Quest is a delight and the illustrations are adorable! The story follows Muhiima a young Muslim American girl as she goes on a quest riding her bicycle around town. You see, it’s Muhiima’s 10th birthday and since traditional Muslims don’t celebrate their birthdays (or any other holidays with the exception of Eid), Muhiima’s parents have decided to do something very unique for their daughter. Her mother gives her a map and tells her to “find her way”. Muhiima’s job is to visit all of the places on the map until she reaches her final destination back at home.
Along the way, Muhiima is given tiny boxes from trusted family adults. When she gets back home all of the people she visited are at her house waiting to surprise her. One by one, Muhiima opens the tiny boxes and is surprised to see each one contains a tiny pearl to make a beautiful pearl necklace. In the end, they all enjoy a feast in celebration of Muhiima.
Although Muhiima doesn’t have a traditional American birthday party, I love how all of the adults came together to make her day so special. You could truly feel all the love and appreciation each person has for her. To me, this book signified a sort of rite of passage for Muhiima as she’s transitioning to her double digit years.
Reading this book presents adult readers with a great chance to talk to little readers about when they encounter something new or unfamiliar to foster a connection between them and Muhiima. For example, you could talk about how each family has their own beliefs and traditions that others may not. That may make others different in some ways, but that’s not a bad thing. You could also talk to kids about embracing their uniqueness and the importance of having a supportive village of people around you. Muhiima’s friends and family members imparted so much wisdom on her by saying things like: “know your value and hold your head high” and “never boast about your blessings”. Themes include: family, diversity, Muslim culture, Islamic teachings, self-confidence, faith and heritage. There is also an activity section for kids to write down their own pearls of wisdom.
I’d probably recommend this book for children ages 7-8 and up for independent reading since some of the paragraphs are a little lengthy. However, I think this book could be read aloud by an adult to smaller children as well.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions are my own.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s Muhiima’s birthday, but she isn’t expecting much because her family doesn’t celebrate birthdays, so she’s surprised when her mother hands her a map with no other instructions than to follow it. She takes off on her bicycle as the map leads her to visit family and friends around town who each give her a small wrapped box, along with some words of wisdom. At the end, Muhiima comes home to discover all her family and friends waiting to have a big dinner with her. All of the boxes contain a pearl to string together to make a necklace, which her mother explains represents the pearls of wisdom the whole village has given her and helped to shape her into the wonderful girl she has become.
While I think Muslim families will really enjoy this book, it’s a universal story. It would be great for non-Muslim kids to read and learn about other religious and cultural traditions, and to realize how similar Muhiima and her community are to the rest of us. It was hard to pick just a few illustrations to share, as I really loved them all.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
Muhiima wakes up with a special feeling on her birthday; she has no idea that an adventure is coming her way! Because she’s Muslim, she usually doesn’t celebrate her birthday, but on this day, her family has a surprise for her. Her mother gives her an old map that leads her to family members and friends around town. All of these people tell her positive affirmations, encourage her to continue being a smart, kind and intelligent girl and give her small purple boxes. Her grandmother, while knee deep in the rich earth of her garden, says to her:
“Don’t forget your roots; they are what ground you, nourish you and make you who you are. Your roots contain your history and support you as you grow into the future.”
Muhiima makes her way back home to discover the meaning of the purple boxes; everyone’s small gift makes one beautiful & meaningful gift, just for her! As a Muslim girl, she often wonders why she can’t be like other kids who have fun birthday celebrations. Her family gifts her with a quest to teach her that even though she doesn’t get a birthday party every year, they’re proud of her and are always behind her, rooting for her! What an important message for a young child.
This is a quiet story of familial love, religion and growing up. Muhiima has the constant support and encouragement of her family; it takes a village to raise a child. I love how central religion is in this book; Muhiima is reminded to always be a faithful servant of God by being a good person (they go hand in hand). This book is also about the every day life of a contemporary Muslim family; Muhiima’s dad owns a bookstore, her aunt has a henna salon, her uncle plays pick-up basketball with friends and she stops at her mosque to visit her Sunday school teacher. There are not enough picture books that celebrate Muslim families and Muslim children. One thing that I would’ve loved to see in this story is more of Muhiima’s thoughts. She receives a lot of knowledge from her elders but other than knowing how sad she is to not have a fancy birthday party, we don’t get to learn more about her. That being said, I think this is an important book and I’m so glad to have it to recommend!
The illustrations of this book are so sweet. Soft pinks, reds, browns and yellows fill the pages. Watercolor is the perfect medium for this story’s art; the colors are bright and full. From the beautiful pink of Muhiima’s bedroom to the deep browns of her grandparents’ backyard garden, color is important to this story. I love the scene where Muhiima visits her stylish Auntie in her henna salon. Her aunt’s dress is stained with henna as she smiles fully, happy to see her niece. The mood of the salon is warm and inviting.
I hope you’ll take a moment to seek out this awesome self published book by Rahma Rodaah and Daria Horb! Here’s to more stories about young Black Muslim girls on our bookshelves and in our homes!
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Although her family does not celebrate birthdays, Muhiima wakes on the morning of her 10th birthday to an unusual surprise. Her mother gives her a carefully drawn map with instructions not to ask questions, but to simply follow the map. Muhiima sets off on her bicycle to begin a quest that will take her all around town. At each destination on the map, she is gifted with an important message and a mysterious little box. Travel with Muhiima on her journey and discover how the pieces of this puzzle come together.
If you are looking for diverse books to add to your child’s library, I highly recommend Muhiima’s Quest by Rahma Rodaah.
Although Muhiima’s family follows the strict tradition of not celebrating birthdays, they decide that for her 10th birthday she deserves to do something different. As she follows the map and is given a different box, we see at the end how all of the adults in her life come together for a special gathering for Muhiima.
This book serves as a wonderful opportunity for parents to introduce their children to a different culture. We have all seen over the years how Islamic stereotypes are portrayed in the media (especially that of women). This book is the perfect starting point to open up the conversation with your children about self-confidence, faith, and diversity.
While this book is geared toward elementary readers ( ages 7 and up), my four and two-year-olds really enjoyed listening to this story. They starting running wild with all sorts of ideas for one another for their upcoming birthdays.
I was provided a copy of this book for review, however, all opinions are my own.
Raising kids is hard. Teaching our kids how to love and accept the things that make them different and unique is harder. From their peers to the media, our children will be bombarded with messages of “This is how you are supposed to look or everyone has to do xyz in order to fit in.”
Right out of the gate, we as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, community leaders, etc. have to be ready to help our children combat those negative messages. We have to be ready to reassure and remind our children time and time again why diversity is important and why being unique/different rocks!
In Muhiima’s Quest by Rahma Rodaah and illustrated by Daria Horb, we are introduced to a young girl named Muhiima. The story opens on her 10th birthday. And while making it to another year of life is a blessing and very exciting, Muhiima’s parents don’t believe in celebrating birthdays because of their Islamic heritage and faith. So imagine her surprise when her mom hands her a mysterious treasure map and sends her off a quest to collect even more mysterious little gift boxes.
While on this quest, Muhiima can’t help but wonder why she can’t be like her classmates and friends and traditional birthday parties. In fact, Muhiima is tired of being different and explaining to everyone why she’s the odd girl out. Why does she have to be unique when she could easily be like everyone else? Little does Muhiima know, this mysterious quest is the beginning to that question getting answered.
I truly loved Rodaah’s message not only to kids, but adults as well. Being different has been hard since the beginning of time. Just look at Moses, Noah, and Jesus. It might be 2017 but being different in today’s society is still something that can be struggle. Just ask any Black person or POC in America or non-Christian. I’m confident that the majority of us would say that despite the challenges of what being different and unique brings, we wouldn’t trade our heritage or faiths for the world!
Having once been a kid, I can understand where Muhiima is coming from. There were things my mom didn’t allow me to do because our heritage and beliefs. For example, we didn’t celebrate Columbus Day because we are part Native American. Also, I wasn’t allowed to attend sleepovers and had to dress very modest.
As a parent, I can related to Muhiima’s parents and fully understand why they decided to send her on this quest of self-discovery. It’s hard watching our children struggle with love all of themselves and/or questioning the rules, expectations and traditions we have set for our families when we only want the best for them.
Muhiima’s Quest is a great conversation starter for us as parents and role models to talk to our children or children in our lives about why it’s okay to be different and not to follow the crowd. For parents and role models, I think Muhiima’s Quest is a great reminder that sometimes we have to get creative in order to get through to our children. “Because I said so” doesn’t work all the time and honestly shouldn’t be our default go-to. Kids need reassurance and to know the WHY behind things, especially when it comes to accepting their heritage and religious differences.
Also, this book reminded me that I’m not alone and don’t have to be alone in raising my children and helping them to accept the things that make them unique. We all have a village and we should be using those villages. Sometimes we need to include those people in our discussions with our children when we’re tackling heavy subjects like diversity.
Overall, the kids and I really enjoyed Muhiima’s Quest. The story was great and the illustrations were beautiful. I definitely recommend this book to parents, especially parents of color, who are looking to talk with their children about the importance of diversity and accepting the things about our backgrounds and families that make us unique.
This post is sponsored. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
One of the reasons I have been adamant about including diverse books in my children’s library is so they can see themselves in the books they read. I also want my children to see, embrace and celebrate the people and cultures they come across while reading diverse books and in life. A latest addition to our library, Muhiima’s Quest, allowed my daughters to see a glimpse of an unfamiliar culture, yet a life similar to their own.
In this children’s picture book, author Rahma Rodaah shares with readers how Muhiima, a little Muslim girl, celebrates her birthday, ultimately learning to value her uniqueness. This is the first book I have read to the girls that includes Muslim characters, characters in traditional Muslim dress and Arabic phrases, such as “Assalamu alaikum”. Since the girls are only four and five years old, I chose to read this particular book aloud in case they had questions about anything they saw or heard. However, it wasn’t much of a surprise to see them thoroughly enjoy this read without any questions whatsoever. All they saw was a little girl being celebrated. (My kids live for a birthday celebration, you hear me?)
In the story, Muhiima goes on a quest on her bicycle in her neighborhood, visiting people who hold a special place in her life. She’s not sure what the purpose of this parent directed quest is, but along the way she receives a few words of wisdom from special adults in her life and collects little boxes that collectively make up her birthday gift.
I recommend this book for children between the ages of 5 and 8. It is a great read aloud, especially because of length of the book and words on each page. The illustrations are adorable and beautifully capture the culture of a Black Muslim family.
What Can Be Learned from Muhiima’s Quest
Children’s books are great for entertainment, but when they offer more than just entertainment, I consider it a parenting win. A few things can be learned from Muhiima’s Quest. Here are some of my takeaways:
The world is full of many people, cultures, and religions. Our differences make this world the beautiful place that it is. No two people are the same. Respecting and loving everyone, regardless of these differences should be the goal of humanity.
Accept Wisdom from Elders
Each generation is unique with its own perspective of the world. However, the chance to have our elders impart words of wisdom into our lives is a treasure. Let’s love and respect those in our lives who have experienced more, learned more and desire to pour into our lives.
Create Your Own Traditions
It wasn’t custom for Muhiima’s family to make a big fuss during birthdays, but she was still celebrated as a young girl. Birthdays, holidays, and celebrations don’t look the same for everyone. Enjoy creating special moments and traditions that your family will cherish forever.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.
I am always reading, but lately I have been very intentional about what my children read, and am becoming very involved with their book choices; not only that I work in the child care field and I LOVE to read to the kids, I try to make the book as interesting as possible by making voices through the different characters, making sounds, and just trying to be more creative, because my mission is to get them to love books as much as I do (this is what I think they look like when I am reading a story)
First I want to say that I am a BIG visual person! So with that being said, I have to comment on the illustration, IT’S SOOOOOOOO CUTE
I have to say it one more time “the illustration was so cute”. I do sometimes judge a book by it’s cover, and with this one it got my attention at first sight.
I actually had one of my daughters read the book to me, and she was so into it. I asked her what she liked about the story and she gave some answers that aligned with why I loved the book:
It was multicultural (she didn’t say this exact word, but this is what she meant) LOL…while she was reading it I noticed that she would stop to pause and look at the pictures ( you could tell she was mesmerized by it).
The names of the characters, the clothes that they wore, how they celebrated Muhiima was interesting, and admiring.
The way that the author has Muhiima going on a scavenger hunt type of journey with each stop being something of precious meaning to her and her family.
Overall I think that the book a is great book to read, as a parent will definitely entice conversation about culture, as a teacher I can get so many lesson ideas from Muhiima’s quest, I get so excited just thinking about it!
The book is an excellent and much needed resource for kids who do not celebrate extravagant birthdays. It ties the concept that birthdays are special but what makes them more special is the person who was born and their unique attributes which Allah placed. After all Allah does not create without purpose! So hence it makes everyone special!
Excellent concept. I would be giving it as a gift as well.
This book is just beautiful all around, from the strong message to the illustrations. My four year old daughter can’t get enough of it and I want to frame it. It’s a book that encourages little girls to stay true to themselves, be proud and embrace what makes them different.
my girls love this book. it is so refreshing for them to see themselves in this book. beautifully written n illustrated maa shaa Allah Allahumma barek
A very well written and illustrated book, I am really thankful to the author who kept the story simple with great life lessons. The little reader will be able to relate to Muhiima which is important so that the child can understand the values mentioned in the book. I also like how the author was able to marry culture and Islam without overstepping. I highly recommend this book!
This book is one of a kind! It’s so full of positivity. It’s also one that all children could relate to whether they are Muslim or not. Additionally, the illustrators were adorable! You will be happy you bought it.