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Like the Moon Loves the Sky

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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 the Quran, this charming picture book is a heartfelt and universal celebration of a parent's unconditional love.

• A reassuring bedtime read-aloud for mothers and their children.
• A perfect book for sharing Muslim family traditions and for families teaching diversity and religious acceptance.
• Hena Khan's books have been widely acclaimed, winning awards and honors from the ALA, Parent's Choice, and many others.

For families who have read and loved Under My Hijab, Yo Soy Muslim, and Mommy's Khimar. A sweet and lovely bedtime book to help let children know they are loved and precious.
• Bedtime books for ages 3–5
• Mother's Day gift
• Islamic children's books

40 pages, Hardcover

First published March 10, 2020

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241 reviews614 followers
November 24, 2020
"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 it to calm my nerves when I'm anxious about my future.
Profile Image for Reading_ Tamishly.
4,292 reviews2,287 followers
October 21, 2020
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.
Profile Image for CW ✨.
644 reviews1,693 followers
May 8, 2020
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. 💛
Profile Image for Ancita☆ .
236 reviews18 followers
March 9, 2022
I wish it was longer .. got over too soon!

Very eye-catching illustrations too.

What did not work for me was the rhyme of the verses under each illustration.

But since it is written by a mother who is wishing all things well for her children, it is a delight to read and must for everyone else too.
Profile Image for Reem Faruqi.
Author 10 books153 followers
May 22, 2020
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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20 reviews1 follower
April 15, 2021
Beautiful written and I love the illustrations<3
Profile Image for Tasha.
4,117 reviews104 followers
March 15, 2020
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 with bedtime and stories.

These universal childhood experiences are made deeper and more meaningful with the words that accompany them, each noted with characteristics that they represent like thoughtfulness, kindness, safety, and faith. The illustrations are vibrant and impactful, showing a Muslim family go about their day. Done in reds, yellows and blues, the illustrations are full of color and celebrate parental love.

A warm, rich and beautiful look at a Muslim family. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
13 reviews
April 23, 2020
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.
Profile Image for Maleeha Siddiqui.
Author 4 books78 followers
March 29, 2020
A beautiful and uniquely illustrated book full of loving and hopeful messages from a mother to her child.
Profile Image for Angela De Groot.
2,201 reviews5 followers
April 17, 2020
A wonderful book showing a parent’s love and hope and wishes for their child. Vibrant art and heartfelt prose makes this a book we can all enjoy and share
Profile Image for Ann.
87 reviews10 followers
April 24, 2021
Inshaallah you have faith that won't waver or bend.

The most beautiful children book I've ever read. I will read it for my future children everyday! ❤
Profile Image for Shaye Miller.
1,236 reviews81 followers
April 20, 2020
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 illustrations in this book were primarily rendered digitally, with ink for strokes and texture.

For more children's literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature reviews, feel free to visit my personal blog at The Miller Memo!
Profile Image for Zakia Liland .
221 reviews76 followers
September 27, 2021
Buku ilustrasi yang tipis tapi cukup menghangatkan hati. Meski buku ini dibuat dan berisi doa-doa untuk anak si penulis, aku merasa doa itu juga dihaturkan kepadaku dan itu terasa nyaman.

Buku ini tidak banyak tulisan. Doa yang dituliskan pun hanya satu kalimat dalam satu baris. Doa yang terkesan sederhana tapi bisa menjadi tabungan untuk masa depan yang insyaAllah dikabulkan.

Iya, buku menyoroti soal kata "insyaAllah" berarti jika Allah mengizinkan. InsyaAllah adalah kata yang menggambarkan sebuah harapan dan doa.

Ilustrasi buku ini sangat berwarna. Cantik sekali dan rasanya anak-anak akan menyukainya. Ilustrasi-ilustrasi tersebut menggambarkan proses tumbuh kembang dari anak penulis.
Profile Image for Aliferuz.
111 reviews3 followers
February 8, 2022
I thought this book has more narrative part than the illustration, but turn out it's soooo short I finished it in 5 minutes. Kay, that's on me, tho, because I didn't saw the sample first before purchasing it. But, I don't regret it, obviously! The meaning behind these short narratives are so heart-warming. Not to mention, the narratives itselves are based on Quran. Filled with cute illustration and heartfelt prayers, I think I would read this book again if I have a bad day. “Inshaallah you're loved, like the moon loves the sky.”
25 reviews1 follower
March 30, 2022
Like the Moon Loves the Sky is a book about parents praying to their child. Each page begins with the words Inshallah meaning "if God wills." Throughout the book, the parents pray that their child becomes someone who is kind, knowledgeable, strong, loved, etc. I think this book does a great job of normalizing prayer in other religions. In western society, most people pray to a Christian god and ignore other religions. However, I enjoyed that this book showed people of the Muslim faith praying for the same things people of a Christian faith would pray for. I think it does a great job of letting the reader know that we are more connected than we think. I also really enjoyed the colors within this book, I think it does a great job of capturing the mood of the book. I also like that on a lot of the pages words written in Arabic were in the illustrations. I think this book provides great insight into the Muslim and middle eastern cultures. It is a very gentle book which I think is great for combating harmful Muslim steortypes.
Profile Image for Hana.
465 reviews13 followers
May 8, 2023
Definitely my favourite of this bunch! This would be so great as a read aloud/bedtime book. It's essentially a mother making dua (prayer) for her child in rhyming couplets, and the writing and illustrations are both just so beautiful and emotional!
Profile Image for Kris Patrick.
1,497 reviews72 followers
July 1, 2020
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.
Profile Image for Kris.
2,934 reviews70 followers
December 13, 2021
Meh. I really don't like kids' books based n religious texts and dogma, regardless of of denomination, so this just is not for me.Feel way too indoctrinate-y. Pretty art, though.
Profile Image for Afifa Ainunnisa.
12 reviews
July 18, 2022
''Inshallah you have faith that won't waver or bend.''

Filled with so much love and warmth, made me want to read it to my future children, inshallah.
22 reviews1 follower
April 4, 2022
This book was cute. Had lots of positive affirmations from the main character's family and talking about the love her family has for her. There is only Muslim characters in this book. Really short book but sweet nonetheless.
Profile Image for Nana.
101 reviews
January 22, 2021

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
Profile Image for Leslie.
724 reviews31 followers
June 29, 2020
“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 guidance on the word, its meaning, and application.

The phrase “inshallah” is something I say throughout my day when making any plan or wishing anything for the future—from the most basic everyday intentions to my biggest dreams. It means “if God wills it” in Arabic and is something that Muslims around the globe hear from the moment they are born and are taught to express as they learn to speak.
Every line, or wish, in the book is inspired by the Quran, the Muslim holy book, which offers guidelines on how to live a thoughtful and grounded life filled with fairness charity, justice, and most of all, love. These are universal values that transcend any particular belief system, and I hope they will resonate with all readers.

They resonate with me. The lines wash over you, through you, the rhythm is a meditation. Saffa Khan’s illustrations naturally provide interpretations, visualizations. I really love the image that accompanies “Inshallah you are thoughtful of plans that you make;” of the child poised at the edge of the pool, Mama in the water with her arms poised to catch. And the following childhood image of apologizing for something broken—not just of the child though, but their friends also. The child’s position suggests a leading role in speaking truth. I love how well Saffa Khan translates tenderness in the child with the cat, “Inshallah you reach out to make a new friend.”

Saffa Khan’s illustrations resonate with the warmth and tenderness of the text. As the pages turn, the baby grows and both Khans carry us through familiar childhood milestones, classrooms, imaginative play, relationships and celebrations. Images positively reinforce the value of tender relationships with nature, the elderly, and those who differ in color and ability.

Like the Moon Loves the Sky sure to join the ranks of perfect books to gift that communicate our wishes for our children. It would make an especially perfect book in the relative rarity of the voice; the richness of each line’s meaning and imagination; and the visual aesthetic. The vibrant colors set lined in blues and yellows, layering of color and shapes to create topographical nuance, depth. The illustration hosting “Inshallah you find wonder in birds as they fly” is a print for any child room. I’m really in love with the plant life in this book, and the hair, and the mother’s face. I’m really in love with text, the language… “Inshallah you are loved, like the moon loves the sky.”

Maybe a 20 year old child isn’t too old a child for me to read this to, goodness knows this is not just a book for infants—which is one of the reasons I love the aging of the child, the continuous, endless nature of these wishes, these prayers.
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288 reviews
January 5, 2021
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.
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