Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

Fall 2012 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Author: Hena Khan
Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9780811879057
Hardcover Price: $17.99

The beauty and color of Muslim culture shines in Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, a lovely picture book by Hena Khan. She writes of brown dates, "plump and sweet," and the silver of a twinkling fanoos light. The illustrations by Mehrdokht Amini are warm, rich, detailed, and vibrant. A glossary at the end of the book provides helpful context for readers from outside the culture. This is a lovely book to share with children at home or in the classroom.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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