Sadiq and the Desert Star | Sadiq and the Green Thumbs | Authored by Siman Nuurali

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Title: Sadiq and the Desert Star
Author: Siman Nuurali
Genre: Children’s Book (6-9)
Illustrator: Anjan Sarkar
Series: Sadiq
Publisher: Picture Windows Book, a Capstone Imprint
Released: August 2019
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle
Pages: 64
Source: I was gifted a soft copy from Capstone Publishing to review for the #ReadYourWorld Multicultural Children’s Book Day event.
Rating: 5/5
When Sadiq’s father leaves on a business trip, he worries he’ll miss his baba too much. But Baba has a story for Sadiq: the story of the Desert Star. Learning about Baba’s passion for the stars sparks Sadiq’s interest in outer space. But can Sadiq find others who are willing to help him start the space club of his dreams?

 

In this book, Sadiq learns about astronomy and planet observation through a telescope. Although I have heard of the desert star, living in the city – like Sadiq – it is nearly impossible to see the stars in the night sky. And this made me wish to visit my hometown so I could see the stars and try to spot the desert star at night. Point to make note of for the next time I visit India 🙂
Title: Sadiq and the Green Thumbs
Author: Siman Nuurali
Genre: Children’s Book (6-9)
Illustrator: Anjan Sarkar
Series: Sadiq
Publisher: Picture Windows Book, a Capstone Imprint
Released: August 2019
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle
Pages: 64
Source: I was gifted a soft copy from Capstone Publishing to review for the #ReadYourWorld Multicultural Children’s Book Day event.
Rating: 5/5
When Sadiq’s Dugsi teacher can’t take care of his yard because of an injury, Sadiq reluctantly agrees to help out. To make it more fun, Sadiq gathers together some friends to help. Can they care for their teacher’s garden and have fun at the same time?
In this book, Sadiq’s innocence and kind nature is seen throughout the story. Sadiq not only helps out those in need, but he also encourages his friends to participate in the good deed. This reminded me of one of the sayings of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him): “Whoever guides someone to virtue will be rewarded equivalent to him who practices that good action.” (Riyad as-Salihin, Book 1, Hadith 173)
I hadn’t heard of the Sadiq series until I got them on my hands for reviewing purposes.
Both books start with Sadiq introducing himself and his family in a comic pattern, after which they state a couple of Facts About Somalia. Next, Somali Terms used in the stories are introduced along with its pronunciation and meanings. The books then dive into the stories captivating the reader right from the start.
Once the stories are done, and the Glossary is over, both books takes the reader to discussion points and activities:
  1. In Talk About It, the parent/teacher-child team discuss on questions related to the story which also serves as reflection points.
  2. In Write It Down, the child is encouraged to participate in creative writing relating to the story – my favourite among the lot.
  3. Lastly, a story-based activity is explained in a step-by-step manner for the child to imbibe what he/she learnt.
I was introduced to Nuurali’s Sadiq and the Desert Star, and Sadiq and the Green Thumbs only through the MCBD2020 event, and I am so glad I got to read and review it. Thank you MCBD organizers and Capstone Publishing for giving me the opportunity to review these edutainment books!
Readers, have you read these books? And if yes, what do you think about them? And if no, why haven’t you already? 😀

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