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A lyrical and heartwarming celebration of a mother's love for her children by the award-winning author of Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.

In this moving picture book, author Hena Khan shares her wishes for her children: "Inshallah you find wonder in birds as they fly. Inshallah you are loved, like the moon loves the sky." With vibrant illustrations and prose inspired by t
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Chronicle Books
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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love the sentiments expressed in words as well as with meaningful illustrations. The artstyle is not something I wouldn't have in my collection but nevertheless it's the contents that convey some good positive message that matter more. This book is really short like most picture books. I would want to see it as a series. It is from a mother's perspective
I would love to see what dads want to tell their daughters too.
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
A incredibly beautiful and heartfelt picture book, and such a pleasure to behold.
Gorgeous illustrations, written with so much love and heart.

Perfect for parents/guardians to read aloud with their little ones, especially Muslim families. 💛
ikram
"Inshaallah you are loved,
like the moon loves the sky."


This is a beautiful read! The book is short but the meaning behind it leaves a warm feeling in my heart. Like the Moon Loves the Sky it's not just a lyrical verse with cute graphic, but it's a reminder, a hope, and a prayer for us Muslims.

The phase Inshaallah in Arabic means "God willing" and used by many Muslims use whenever we talk about future plan; a dream or an event--just anything.

This is so beautiful and I'm going to read
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Danielle
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
An exquisitely illustrated book full of love and meaning, kindness and hope.
Reem Faruqi
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full of heartwarming words and illustrations of a little one growing up.

Hena Khan's words are lyrical and lovely.

Saffa Khan's illustrations are stunning.

Paired together, it's a gorgeous gem of a book! I bought it for all my little nieces and nephews for Eid!

The book is inspiring and I LOVE how the use of inshallah is woven throughout the book. It's like a gentle prayer mixed with a hug for your little one. Also the title of the book makes me swoon!
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Kristina Jean Lareau
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebook
Lovely, welcoming and sweet.
Marissa Elera
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful.
Fiaaa
Apr 14, 2021 rated it liked it
⭐3,5/5
Beautiful written and I love the illustrations<3
Tasha
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This lovely bedtime book has text inspired by the Quran. The book has a repeating structure with each double-page illustration accompanied by a line that starts with “Inshallah you…” The book focuses on a day in a child’s life, surrounded by a loving family. The family wakes up, goes for a walk, and visits a neighbor in need. They read books together, play with friends, and garden. There are lots of activities like swimming, riding a bike and even more playing with others before the book ends wi ...more
Syu
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you are a soon to be new parent or already a parent to baby number 1, this book suits you. It has beautiful illustration with simple text for you to be inspired to always make doa for the best of your new generation.
Farah  Fakhirah
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet little heartwarming book. It is written in lyrics, and is both a hope and a prayer from a mother to her child, as the illustration allude to what her prayers meant. It is full of love and hope and genuinely fills me with warmth.
Maleeha Siddiqui
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and uniquely illustrated book full of loving and hopeful messages from a mother to her child.
Novita Dwi Riyanti
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
reading this is like curling up in a warm hug of unconditional love 🤗❤😻
Shaye Miller
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: diversity
Written in rhyming text, the sweet book shares the love and hopes of a mother for her child(ren). Each page showcases something the child feels, has done, or what she hopes they will do, from planting gardens to showing gratitude. The word “inshallah” is repeated throughout this book and in an Author’s Note we are told this Arabic for "if God wills it." The author shares: The phrase “inshallah” is something I say throughout my day when making any plan or wishing anything for the future… The illu ...more
Kris Patrick
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm sure many people will do exactly what I did. Read the book. Thought what does inshallah mean? Flipped back to front. Found author's note in small print before title page. ...more
Nana
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing

i love this book omg...........

inshallah you are loved,

like the moon loves the sky.


both the illustrations and the writing are beautiful. such a lovely, sweet, and heartwarming book<3
Leslie
“Inshallah you are thoughtful of plans that you make.
Inshallah you speak truth and work for its sake.”

“Inshallah you find wonder in brids as they fly.
Inshallah you are loved, like the moon loves the sky.”

Told in rhyming couplets, a double-page spread for each line, Like the Moon Loves the Sky reads like a prayer, a perfect lullaby for any morning or bedtime reading. Well, it is a prayer, each line beginning with “Inshallah.”

The author leaves us a note at the front for those of who could use guid
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Alyssa Gudenburr
A beautiful book of parents celebrating their child. The prose wording is inspired by the Quran and features very diverse characters. I would highly recommend this book as a read loud for lower elementary children.
Becca
Very much appreciate the author's note at the beginning of the book. Considering for Read Around the World Book Club ...more
Cassidy
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Good in all ways possible! Great for a bedtime read. Inclusive and representing. I wish I would have read more books like this when I was younger.
Han
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sweet book. Was lyrically written and so beautifully illustrated.
Jessica Furtado
A gorgeously illustrated book celebrating a parent’s love and hopes for their child. The illustrations are vibrant and tell an endearing story of family, while the text praises and shares wishes for the child. I will definitely look forward to more books from this illustrator.
Holly Mueller
Beautiful! This would make a great baby or graduation gift. The author explains that “inshallah” means “if God wills it” in Arabic, and Muslims hear it the moment they are born and are taught to express it as they learn to speak. Khan goes on to say in the author’s note that the sentiment is universal and reflects “the idea of a greater force or power beyond ourselves”. I remember there was an older man in our small group at church when I was younger who used to always say “God willing” when we’ ...more
Jessie
Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: yarc2020, sarc2020
This is so hopeful and loving. Definitely a book for children and the adults who care for them to read together.
Jo Oehrlein
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A beautiful book for parents to read to their little ones, it's full of wishes and hope. ...more
Hannah Jane
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-fiction, buy
After reading this I looked up the word, 'inshallah,' because I hadn't heard of it before. I had an idea of what it meant, but I appreciate any book that sends me on a word search. I think the message is one all parents can relate to, and was delighted to discover that it's a nugget of the Koran. I like when picture books take something huge and sometimes inaccessible to children and help them understand it better (and me too for that matter). I was also completely gobsmacked by the gorgeous ill ...more
hana
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Inshallah you feel safe,
like all children should.”

“Inshallah you stand strong,
like a tree with firm roots.”

“Inshallah you are loved,
like the moon loves the sky.”

I love this so so so much. The book may be only consist of 23 pages, but every page is wonderful.

Suddenly, it reminds me of how loving my mother is. She always wants the best for me and my brother as her children. She keeps praying for us; for our safety, for our happiness, and for our life. This book literally tells me how pur

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Ashley
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book! Gorgeous illustrations accompany each page, along with a hope any parent might express for their child. Each page begins with "inshallah" and is inspired by passages in the Quran, so this book will particularly resonate with Arabic-speaking families and Muslim families, but the message is universal and could be enjoyed by any family. A great contender for pre-bedtime, as the rhythm of it is quite calming. ...more
Karina
Such beautiful, heartwarming book from a mother, and about the love and hopes a mother has for her child. The lines are inspired by the Quran, and the word “Inshallah” is included in each. I really felt the mother's love from the very beginning. I can almost hear her soothing voice in every line. The messages are beautiful and important. The illustrations are lovely and shows various daily activities. A great short book to read aloud with kids especially at bedtime. ...more
Maya Norton
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I plan to give this book as a present to new parents in the future. It is simple and beautiful.
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Hena Khan is the award-winning author of the middle grade novels AMINA’S VOICE, MORE TO THE STORY, and the ZAYD SALEEM: CHASING THE DREAM series, and picture books GOLDEN DOMES AND SILVER LANTERNS, CRESCENT MOONS AND POINTED MINARETS, NIGHT OF THE MOON, and UNDER MY HIJAB. She wrote IT'S RAMADAN, CURIOUS GEORGE and the WORST CASE SCENARIO ULTIMATE ADVENTURE MARS and AMAZON books. ...more

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