My First Quran With Pictures (Juz’ Amma Part 1) | Book Review


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My First Quran With Pictures – Juz’ Amma (Part 1)
Translated By Shereen Sharief
Illustrated By Nicola Anderson

Teaching children the Quran can seem like an overwhelming task!

There’s so many lessons to take from it, along with the importance of memorising surahs and ayats it’s hard to know where to begin.

All the while trying to make it enjoyable for your child and something they can relate to.

So it was a welcomed addition to our bookshelf when I received a copy of “My First Quran with Pictures”.

My children (aged 5, 7 and 10 at the time of writing this) are at various stages of learning about stories from the Quran and memorising surahs. This is the first time they’ve been able to make such a strong visual connection to the surahs in the Quran, which they really enjoyed.

My First Quran with Pictures (Juz’ ‘Amma Part 1) covers 25 surahs from juzʼ ‘amma, the 30th juzʼ containing surahs 78 through to 114. These are the shorter surahs in the Quran and the ones that children typically start to memorise first.

In medieval times dividing the Quran into 30 parts (30 juz’) made it accessible to people who couldn’t purchase manuscripts of the entire Quran. Instead they could read copies of smaller portions from their mosque. Having the Quran divided into juz’ also helps facilitate recitation (especially during the month of Ramadan).

The structure of My First Quran with Pictures is very child friendly. It allows the reader to follow and connect with the text and illustrations in a way that is engaging and allows for open discussion.

Each Surah is presented in Arabic script with each line numbered to it’s corresponding translation in English. This numbering system makes it easy for the reader to match the translation with the Arabic and related images.

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For a child, there’s nothing more unappealing than facing a page full of black and white text. So the cartoon illustrations in My First Quran with Pictures succeeds in bringing the words to life. By providing this visual reminder to the messages being told, it enables children to more vividly recall the surahs within the Quran.

As you can see, My First Quran With Pictures has been really well thought out. It’s an Islamic picture book that provides many learning opportunities and I wanted my children to get the most out of it.

So I decided to create a Search + Find printable activity sheet for them.

My kids loved colouring this in! It was also great to see them re-engage with the stories and illustrations as they searched for different images.

If you’d like to use the Search + Find activity with your child as well you can download it here.

I’m sure My first Quran with Pictures will become a book that we refer to regularly in the future. I don’t know when Part 2 will be available. But I do know my children and I will be eagerly waiting for it 🙂

Have you read this book? Share your opinion and let others know what your child thought of it in the comments below.

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