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Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  475 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Magnificently capturing the colorful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam's beauty and traditions. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors are given special meaning as young readers learn about clothing, food, and other important elements of Islamic culture, with a young Muslim girl as a gui ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 6th 2012 by Chronicle Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sandy Brehl
In and of itself, this is a gorgeous concept book, using fluent and simple rhymed text to feature both color names and Muslim vocabulary. It's far too easy to see this as a charming offering for Muslim children, but it deserves a much wider audience. Children around the world so often have books focused on their own culture but ALSO have experiences with books in other languages and from other cultures. Sadly, in the US we so often direct readers only to titles from their specific culture, excep ...more
Jim Erekson
Interesting genre issues here. The book is clearly intended to present an insider's definitions of Muslim concepts. The device of presenting each fact through a color has the feel of a nursery rhyme, but not any one in specific. Khan's sense of rhythm is convincing this way. Amini's illustrations are unique in style with a textured background for each image, and an airbrushed look as well as hints of collaged cloth and photography. But I think this is all computer drawn. I can't say exactly why, ...more
Beautiful! One of my students bought this at our Book fair and I read it to the class. Lovely illustrations, a message of acceptance and diversity, and poetic.
Amanda Nye

1.) Text-to-World: There are many families in the community that are Muslim and wear traditional hijabs. Many times, students question this dress because it is different, so this is a great way to introduce this custom to students.

2.) This book exposes children to a variety of characteristics of the Muslim faith/culture. The book addresses the different important traditions and components that are unique to the Muslim community. Through the use of colors, the author is able to introduce differe
Grade/Interest level: Primary
Reading level: n/a
Genre: Multicultural, Picture book
Main Characters: young Muslim girl and her family
Setting: n/a
POV: young Muslim girl
This book is a Muslim book of colors that is told in a simple melodic rhyme. It is told through the eyes of a young Muslim girl who tells the reader about her religion, Islam. She talks about all the traditions that many readers may not know much about. The illustrations supplement the story really well. They are all influenced by I
A very simple book about colors that uses elements of Islam to represent each color. It is appropriate for k-1 and can be used with students of any culture, but in particular it is nice that children of Islam can see themselves in represented accurately and positively in literature. The illustrations are gorgeous! The book also includes a glossary to inform more about the Islamic elements.
Kereeeen. Mengenalkan hal-hal yang berhubungan dengan Islam melalui simbol warna dan sudut pandang seorang gadis cilik. Plus penggunaan kalimat yang berima, contohnya:

Gold is the dome of the mosque, big and grand,
Beside it two towering minarets stand.

Blue is the hijab Mom likes to wear,
It’s a scarf she uses to cover her hair.

Yellow is the box we fill on Eid,
With gifts of zakat for those in need.

Memang, tidak semua khas Islam, tapi tradisi, seperti penggunaan kufi (topi putih bulat) dan hena. Bis
This wonderful book by Hena Khan gives the young reader a taste of Muslim culture and family life. It involves a little girl showing the reader the "colors" of her family, and of her culture. With each page, the reader finds out more about the main character's family members, but also learns very important vocabulary for the Muslim faith. The book also includes a glossary for extra help with some of the terms. This novel shows a non-stereotypical family, and shows the culture group in a positive ...more
Christen Tulli
Category: International

Publication date: 2012

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Themes: Islamic culture, colors

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Much like that magical movie moment when Dorothy ventures from black and white into the Technicolor land of Oz, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns plunges readers into a bright world where colors are a visceral experience. A young, Muslim girl leads us through the sensory journey of her everyday life. She shows readers the red prayer rug her father uses, the sweet, b
Text-to-world Connection
This K-3 picture book identifies colors in relation to the Muslim culture. This book reminds me of a guest speaker I heard in a comparative religions class as an undergraduate in college. While the book focuses on words and colors connected to the Muslim faith and culture, it is told from the perceptive of a young Muslim child as she explains what all the colors mean...

"Red is the rug Dad kneels on to pray, facing toward Mecca, five times a day."
"Blue is the hijab mom lik
Brianna Deines
1.Text to text connection- This book reminds me of other primary books teaching color. Although, this story teaches colors along with what is important to the Muslim culture.

2. I am not sure I feel this book exposes children to multiple perspectives but it does expose them to multiple values of the Muslim culture. Each page is marked with a color and shows how it celebrates Islam traditions.

What is a hijab? Have you ever seen a person wear one in real life?

What is t
"Silver is a fanoos, a twinkling light, a shiny lantern that glows at night." Hena Khan and Mehrdokht Amini's informative picture book allows readers to explore traditions of Islam though color. Beginning each line with a different color allows all readers to connect to the book immediately. Colors do not discriminate between cultures, it is the one thing that is common between all people. The full bleeds in this book encourage the reader's eyes to open wide and take in all that is offered on ea ...more
Shelli Holechek
A wonderful and very colorful picture book about the world of Islam. The colors and illustrations are captivating, but the book is equally informative. The story is told through the eyes of a little girl as she invites the reader into her world by exploring the rich and beautiful colors of her culture.

I would use this book with older students to introduce and discuss world religions. With younger students I would use it as a picture book of of colors.

I would use this book when teaching the com
Apr 19, 2015 Sara added it
Shelves: multicultural
1. Text to Self Connection: I can still remember sitting at a table at Neihardt Elementary school with a group of kids looking at Kareem. We were staring because he said he wasn’t eating. It was Ramadan. I went home and asked my parents that night what Ramadan was and what it had to do with Kareem’s ability to eat lunch. They explained that it was part of his religion, and the next day Kareem explained that his mom told him he didn’t have to fast if he didn’t want to. We all moved on, but I can’ ...more
This is by far my absolute favorite!
It is very rare that you come across diverse books especially depicting a cultural setting. I have to say that the illustrator is truly talented. I love the vivid display of colors used to describe things that make up your entire world. This is definitely one to share with young ones as they embark on their journey of understanding how to identify using colors and expressions.
Love it! :)

A beautiful little book about the simple ideas of enjoying all the beauty around you and loving your family.
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is a great book talking about the different colors of the Muslim faith. On each page is a different color and a different description of something in the faith that is the same color. I like how the book has a rhyming pattern, it makes the book flow very well. My favorite page and illustration of the book is this, "Orange is the color of my henna designs. They cover my hands in leafy vines." Some of the words in the book may be difficult for those not of the Musl ...more
Rachel Watkins
Told in rhyme with lush vivid illustrations, this beautiful book hits the highlights of the Muslim experience for young children. Perfect for devout families or those just interested in exposing their children to various beliefs.
Kristen Herzog
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan is just like most books about colors. The illustrations are beautifully drawn. The author also provides a glossary at the end of the book in case the reader is not familiar with some of the vocabulary. The text is written in a very basic style similar to nursery rhymes. Each page represents a color and ties it to something from the Muslim faith. Since there are many books written about colors it only makes sense that this one be written. I would say ...more
Robert J
This book is an introduction to the Muslim religion through the use of colors and told in rhyme. Various words are introduced and explained in an entertaining way so knowledge is gained without seeming like a lesson. There is a glossary included that allows for additional detail. The illustrations are beautifully rich in color with their significance to Islamic culture explained. They have a folk art appearance and the facial expressions and big brown eyes make you feel like you have gotten to k ...more
A beautifully illustrated color concept book that introduces key elements of the Muslim faith. The author and illustrator drew on their heritage to create an accurate and affirming book.
A gorgeous book of colors, each showcased in a two-page spread with a simple poem about some aspect of Islam ("Orange is the color of my henna designs. They cover my hands in leafy vines.")
Bambini Travel
One of the most unique and beautiful books about colors I have seen in a long time. The little girl in this story introduces you to her world, the Muslim world, through the colors that fill it. The red of her henna paint, the silver of her lantern and more. Each page is bathed in brilliant color and introduces its young audience not only to a color word, but also a simple element of the Muslim culture. The back provides adults with more information and helpful pronunciation guides. Warm, vibrant ...more
Such such gorgeous art. Absolutely stunning. Knocked off a star because the rhymes can be irritating. But WONDERFUL overall.
While Muslims still make up less than 2% of the U.S. population, studies project that number will double in the next two decades. Nevertheless, many Americans don’t know much about Muslims at all, and can be suspicious of what they don’t understand.

This beautifully illustrated book explains for young readers some basic aspects of Muslim culture. Each concept is identified by a different color. For example:

"Gold is the dome of the mosque, big and grand.
Beside it two towering minarets stand.”

Paul Farbman
Mar 26, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: First-Third Grade
Recommended to Paul by: Terry Benton
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns presents some of the key elements of Muslim culture. I like that it shows people of different backgrounds and cultures as well as Muslims. This may help other children relate to the story.

Each religious object is given a specific color that dominates the illustration. The illustrator, Mehrdokht Amini, tried to incorporate elements of Muslim art into the illustrations. The result are many beautiful and intricate designs, such as those in the end pages.
This beautifully illustrated rhyming picture book features a young Muslim girl and her loving family. It introduces key concepts and vocabulary related to Muslim culture. It isn't clear which country the little girl is from which adds to the global reach of the story. A list of vocabulary words is included in the back. Teachers who wish to discuss a Muslim holiday (Ramadan and Eid are mentioned in this book), Muslim art, or Muslim culture could easily begin discussion with this book.
Love the illustrations in this culturally infused book of colors. The colors are luminous and rich in tone. The gold and silver colors gleam. Children will learn more about culture than about colors perhaps, and those from the culture will see a beautiful, contemporary depiction of their culture, of daily life and family. - Robin, Youth Services

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This picture book shares the colorful world of Islam for this young girl. Readers get an inside look at some of the most important aspects in Islam’s traditions and culture. The book takes everyday colors and gives them special meaning according to the young girl, and helps the readers understand parts of Islamic life. From a red prayer rug, to her mother's blue hijab, the book educates readers on the different elements that are very important to this young girl.
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