My First Iqra! by Orin Azizah

My First Iqra! by Orin Azizah. The Islamic Foundation, 9780860377788, 2021

Format: Board Book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Board Book

 What did you like about the book? This is a wonderful interactive book that teaches the Arabic letters to very young children. The pages offer several features to show children how to make the shapes of the letters. Some pages feature grooved sections that allow children to place their finger in the groove and trace the shapes–a large dot shows where to begin and arrows show the direction a child should move their finger. On other pages, a child can use a dry erase marker and trace the shapes. These features also show where to begin and the direction that the child should trace the shapes. The illustrations provide a variety of backgrounds such as a country scene, ocean, space, and a savannah. The artwork includes colorful fish and animals, bright flowers, and a beautiful starry night that will be sure to appeal to many children. The last few pages of the book show the entire Arabic alphabet along with punctuation which is helpful as well.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of birth and four years old. Younger children will be able to use the finger tracing feature while older children can use the actual writing portion.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, social studies classrooms. Even though this is a board book and those are typically for much younger children, this book could be used by older children (elementary age) wanting to learn the Arabic alphabet. The finger tracing feature and dry erase feature would be helpful for those children.

Where would you shelve it? Board books.

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: March 19, 2021

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