By Author / Illustrator
Na'ima B. Robert, Shirin Adl, Shirin Adl
Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Lyrical description of Muslim wedding ceremonies across the world, including Pakistan, Morocco, Somalia and UK. This colourful and exotic picture book shows the different ways Muslims in different countries celebrate the sacred ceremony, while also describing the vows and promises common to all Muslim marriages.
Have you ever been to a Muslim wedding? Have you wondered if people from the same Muslim faith around the world celebrate differently? Mabrook! is a beautiful picture book reflection on the colours, sights and sounds witnessed during Muslim wedding celebrations throughout the world. Na'ima Robert's poetic descriptions of the festivities are brought to life with Shirin Adl's vibrant illustrations, which jump off of the page due to her skilled use of a variety of artistic media. In Pakistan we join a henna party and in Morocco the community come together to prepare a truly delicious feast. In Samalia the women sing and dance whilst in Britain the groom, his bride and their guests enjoy a multi faith gathering in an English country garden. The solemnity of the preparations between families are explored as well as the groom's special gift or dowery for his bride. The book shares how there are similarities as well as differences in Muslim weddings around the world, but above all the union of two people is an opportunity for 'Mabrook!' or celebration! Whilst this book stands on its own, it would sit well alongside Na'ima Robert's other picture books 'Ramadan Moon' and 'Going to Mecca'. This book is appealing on so many levels. Shirin Adl's illustrations are a joy to explore. Every page is a riot of colour. Each face created with a unique expression; each double page spread tells a story through a myriad of collaged details. Na'ima Robert's lyrically yet informative narrative is educational and inspiring. The glossary at the end of the book provides an opportunity to explore the vocabulary used in the text further. Primary school libraries need books like Mabrook! as they eloquently share through words and pictures diversity of culture, ethnicity and religion through common themes, in this case through weddings celebrations and the creation of a new happily ever after. A must for any KS1 classroom bookshelf or the resource library of a school religious education coordinator. 32 pages / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by Emily Beale, librarian.
Suggested Reading Age 3+