I was provided a copy of this book for review, however, all opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure for more information.
The girls sharing a great laugh after listening to Muhiima’s Quest. They were coming up with scavenger hunt ideas for each other’s birthday!
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.
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.
For an extra special treat, here is Isla’s review on Muhiima’s Quest.
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.