New Islamic Activity Books

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This year we’ve released a new activity book series based on the Prophets of Islam.

Each book is filled with colourful illustrations, fun filled activities and a Hadith or verse of the Qur’an to reflect on.

 

Authored by Saadah Taib

Illustrated by Shazana Rosli

 

 

Prophet Muhammad and The Crying Camel

9780860376347 – Paperback

 

Prophet Adam and The Wicked Iblis

9780860376392 – Paperback

A Race To Prayer – Sulaiman’s Rewarding Day

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Narrated Abdullah bin Masood:
‘I asked the Prophet “Which deed is the dearest to Allah?” He replied, “To offer the prayers at their early
stated fixed times…”’ Hadith from the collection of Bukhari

 

 

About the book: Something always stops Sulaiman from having fun. First it’s Duhr prayer, then it’s the rain and then the car breaks down just as he is leaving to watch the quad bike races. He eventually gets to the races but then Asr prayer time comes around. Find out how Sulaiman soon realises the blessings of a perfectly-timed prayer.

Inspiration behind the story
This story was inspired by an incident that occurred in 1980 when my husband was watching a football match in the capital city of Algeria, Algiers. When the adhan for the dhuhr prayer was called, my husband left the spectator seats to perform the prayer. It was while he was praying that an earthquake measuring

7.3 on the Richter scale occurred. It is reported that 3,500 people died and many buildings were destroyed making 300,000 people homeless. For the praying people, Allah took their lives while they were performing an obligatory act of worship. For the people who were not praying on time, Allah took their lives while they were doing other activities. For the people who survived and were left homeless, all they had left were their prayers to ask Allah for help.

You’ll be pleased to know my husband survived, as too did all the other spectators in the stadium. No matter what we are doing, we should organise our lives around the prayer times, and not try to fit the prayers around our activities. The prayer doesn’t take long to perform and is much more important than work or play. Allah can make anything happen when we least expect it, so let’s make sure we pray on time.

 

 

 

Take a look inside:

 

A Race To Prayer – Sulaiman’s Rewarding Day – Is available here 

Author: Aliya Vaughan

ISBN: 9780860376538

About the Author

Aliya is an English revert to Islam and lives with her husband and six children in the UK. She gained her first award for a writing competition aged 10. She later began writing children’s stories while home schooling her children. In 2008, she won two awards at the Muslim Writers Awards for best children’s story and writer of the Year.

Top 5 for under 5s!

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Top 5 for under 5s!

Here are some great books for children under 5 published by us!

1. My First Book About the Qur’an by Sara Khan

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“The perfect book to introduce children to the teachings in the Qur’an”

“The writer has done an outstanding job. Simple and captivating..The way the illustrator has captured the essence of the text and expressed it through illustrations is truly amazing.” Saniyasnain Khan, Director of Goodword Books

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My First Book About the Qur’an: Teachings for Toddlers and Young Children

Available here

Take a look inside!

Read a review

2. 5 pillars (board book) by Anwar Cara

Written in simple, rhyming language and accompanied with bold, colourful illustrations this book is perfect to introduce young children to the most important acts in Islam: the Five Pillars. Each spread features one of the Five Pillars: believing in Allah and His Messenger, praying, fasting, giving charity and performing Hajj.

5 Pillars Board Book

Available here

3. Allah Made Everything by Zain Bhikha

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Allah Made Everything, the song book, is based on the lyrics of the well loved children’s song by renowned singer and songwriter Zain Bhikha. The song was first released in 2015, and together with the hit video, has become one of the most popular children’s songs across the world.

“May this delightful book bring as much joy to your home as the song, ‘Allah Made Everything’, and may you enjoy many precious hours discussing the world through the eyes of your child as you share the knowledge that we are all Allah’s beautiful creation.” Zain Bhikha (2018)

 

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Inside page

Available here

Take a look inside!

Listen to the nasheed!

4. I can… series (board book)

This set of colourfully illustrated board books introduces basic concepts of Islamic practice to young children while helping to strengthen their confidence and identities as Muslims.

I can series books

Available here

5. Allah gave me series

Delightful accounts of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, encouraging children to give thanks to the Creator.

Allah Made Everything Bundle

Available in the series:

-Allah Gave Me Two Eyes to See by Fatima D’Oyen
-Allah Gave Me a Tongue to Taste by Ayesha Jones
-Allah Gave Me a Nose to Smell by Rizwana Qamaruddin
-Allah Gave Me Two Hands and Feet by Raana Bokhari
-Allah Gave Me Two Ears to Hear by Amrana Arif

Available here

For more children’s books click over here

 

 

 

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New Book By Zain Bhikha – Allah Made Everything Published by Kube Publishing

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Allah Made Everything!

Allah Made Everything, the song book, is based on the lyrics of the well loved children’s song by renowned singer and songwriter Zain Bhikha. The song was first released in 2015, and together with the hit video, has become one of the most popular children’s songs across the world.

Allah Made Everything - Inside Image

“May this delightful book bring as much joy to your home as the song, ‘Allah Made Everything‘ and may you enjoy many precious hours discussing the world through the eyes of your child as you share the knowledge that we are all Allah’s beautiful creation.” Zain Bhikha (2018)

Inside page - Allah Made Everything Nasheed 2018

Say: “Who is the Lord and Sustainer of the Heavens and the Earth?”

Say: “It is Allah.” … “Allah is the creator of all things: He is the One, the Supreme and Irresistible.”

Surah Al-Ra’d 13 Verse 16

Read a sample Here:

 

About Zain Bhikha:

Zain Bhikha is a South African singer-songwriter who performs Islamic nasheed songs, was born in Pretoria, South Africa. Zain was musically inclined from a young age and often commended for his melodious singing voice. Associated with other Muslim musicians, including Yusuf Islam and Dawud Wharnsby, Bhikha has collaborated on albums and also released several solo albums..

Zain Bhikha’s songs proved to be popular throughout South Africa, especially with young children who found them educational and inspiring. As the interest in his music grew, his albums began to filter abroad. In 2005 Zain established a South African based production company called Zain Bhikha Studios to house all of his enterprises and also give local and international artists the platform to gain exposure to global markets. Today, Zain Bhikha Studios is a non-profit organisation and all proceeds from Zain’s album sales and shows go towards deserving charities. Inside page

Under his own label, Zain Bhikha has released many albums, singles and a video autobiography. His albums have featured consistently amongst the top ten best Muslim Artists. His artistically produced videos have appeared on television channels throughout the world and on his YouTube channel.

Sing a long here:

This is the first in a series of books, games and other media under the Zeebee Kids label. Zeebee Kids is a division of Zain Bhikha Studios. For more information, visit www.zeebeekids.com.

Buy the Book here

Text and Lyrics Zain Bhikha

Illustrated by Azra Momin

28 Pages of

Binding: Hardback

ISBN: 9780860377702

 

Books published in partnership with The Islamic Foundation, an imprint of Kube Publishing.

Why can’t I see Allah Dad? [Children’s Books]

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The “I Wonder About Islam” series started one day with my son asking me, “Why can’t I see Allah, Dad?” The question was so unexpected that I didn’t know what to say, although I actually knew the answer. But when he asked so suddenly, I just said, “Umm, well…” He opened his eyes wide and started staring at me as if to say Come on, give me the answer! I beat around the bush for a while. You know, I was humming and hawing. In the end, I said, “Your eyes are so small, yet Allah is so big! This is the answer to the question. Because of this, you can’t see Allah!” “Oh, really?” he said.  Then, as if he hadn’t said anything, he went to his room.

He was only five years old… Perhaps, for a child his age, this answer was enough. I had handled the situation. However, as he got older, he would ask heaps of new questions about Allah. I had to prepare my answers. So, that is how I started the “I Wonder About Islam” series. The best thing about this book is that not only my kids, but kids from around the world can benefit from these answers. The first and second books in the series consist of answers I have given to questions about Allah. In the third book, you will find answers to questions about the Prophet, peace be upon him. The fourth book is about the Muslim holy book, The Qur’an.

Have I answered all the questions about all these topics? Of course not! I’ve only tried to answer the most frequently asked ones. But if you look at how these questions are answered, it will help you work out the answers to other questions yourself. If you hang on to your question’s tail and pull as hard as you can, a huge
answer will follow. From reading the book, you will see that questions don’t frighten you as much as before. You will bravely ask the questions you thought were the most challenging to answer, and soon you will see that you can’t think of a question that doesn’t have an answer.

Asking a question is saying, “I want to learn!”, “I want to understand!”, “I want to know better and love more!” You should never be afraid of asking questions, and don’t ever give up asking questions! Because a question is a key. Every question opens a door for you. And behind every door is a whole other world. Furthermore, asking a question is also a prayer. Make sure you pray a lot so that your mind and heart are filled with the light of knowledge; so that your path is always bright.

The “I Wonder About Islam” series has been written using the works of the great Muslim
scholar Said Nursi (1878–1960). The answers given to the questions and the examples to help you understand the topics have all been taken from his Risale-i Nur books.
Özkan Öze
İstanbul

This foreword was initially published in the ‘I wonder about Islam’ series, his books can be found here.

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My First Book About the Qur’an [Children’s Book]

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My First Book About the Qur’an – Teachings for toddlers and young children is Kube Publishing’s new board book!  Considered as “The perfect book to introduce children to the teachings in the Qur’an..”

Inside this board book toddlers and young children will find out about the Qur’an’s beautiful teachings: to care for all creation; to respect the books of the Prophet and God; to be good to one another; and to believe in Allah, the Creator.

Stunning illustrations, full of colour, bring the pages to life and the carefully written text is simple, easy to understand, and suitable to be read aloud.

At the end, the book also features some facts about the Qur’an and common questions children might ask, such as: what does the word “Qur’an” actually mean? Which are useful for starting an introductory discussion about the Qur’an with your children, in a madrasa or a classroom!

Author Sara Khan shares her thoughts on her book, “Starting with My First Book About the Qur’an, I hope to capture young children’s attention through simple language and colourful illustrations in a board book format that is suitable for their age group and presents them with the fundamental teachings of the most important book in Islam.

I hope it becomes a treasured introduction to the Qur’an and Islam and that it will be accessible to every young child and parent who values their child’s Islamic education or would like to raise their awareness and understanding with regards to a religion or way of life that may be different from their own.”  

Read the sample here.

My First Book About the Qur’an: Teachings for Toddlers and Young Children is available to order here.

By Sara Khan, illustrated by Ali Lodge

£4.99 (prices vary internationally)

ISBN:9780860376187

 

Angels in Islam – by Razana Noor

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Angels in Islam

Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has created many different types of creatures and one type of these creatures are called Angels (or‘al-Malaikah’ in the Quran).

We cannot usually see them and they are made of pure LIGHT. They only do whatever Allah (SWT) tells them to do and they cannot ever disobey God because unlike us humans, they have no choice of their own – they have no ‘Free Will.’

They pray, worship and glorify Allah all the time.

Belief in the Angels is a big part of our faith as Muslims, like the belief in ONE God and the belief in many Prophets of God. There are some very special angels who are given extra special tasks by Allah. Some of them are mentioned below.

  • Jibrael(Gabriel): He is a very important angel. He is the angel of revelation and he revealed the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). He also communicated with all the Prophets and he is responsible for bringing down Allah’s blessings on Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Power) on one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan. He is responsible for bringing punishment to nations who do wrong. Jibrael (alayhis salaam) is mentioned in the Quran several times.

 

  • Mikael(Michael): Responsible for directing the rain and winds according to the will of Allah (SWT).

 

  • Israfeel: Responsible for blowing the trumpet that will signal the ‘End of Time’ on this earth.

 

  • Azrael: Also known as malak al-maut(Judeo-Christian, Azrael), is the angel of death. He is responsible for parting the soul from the body. He is only referred to as malak al-maut in the Quran, which means the angel of death.

 

  • Malik: The main guardian of hell.

 

  • Munkar and Nakeer:Stern angels who question humans upon death regarding their beliefs. They ask three questions: who is your God? Who is your Prophet? What is your Religion? They punish those in the grave who did not believe, or were bad and disobedient in their lives.

 

  • Haroot and Maroot:Two angels who came to earth and taught men some  ‘black magic’ such as breaking up family and marriage as a test.

 

  • Kirama Katibeen:These two angels sit on every person’s right and left shoulder to record his/her good and bad.sun-1383638_1920

 

What do Angels look like?

According to Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), we know these facts about angels:

  • They are made of pure LIGHT, whereas the Jinn are made from fire, and mankind is from a type of ‘clay.’
  • The angels are very large.
  • They have wings, sometimes in pairs of two, three or four.
  • They are extremely beautiful, with the exception of the Angel of Death.
  • They are neither male nor female.
  • They can take on the form of humans.
  • The angels do not eat.

Q & A

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What are Angels made of?

Light

Can they ever be bad?

No. They have no ‘free will’ They ALWAYS carry out their duties and are obedient to Allah.

Do they eat and drink?

No. They do not need to. They were made to constantly glorify and praise Allah as well as carry out tasks given to them by Allah.

How many are there?

Too many to count.

Do they have wings?

Yes. Some have 2, 4 or even 100’s of wings.

How big or small are they?

They are gigantic – bigger than mountains, but they can come in human form.

Are Angels male or female?

Neither.

When do Angels come to a home?

Whenever they hear Allah being mentioned or they hear the Quran being recited, they fly over and protect that home. They LOVE listening to the Quran.

Bad Jinns (or Shayteen), are very afraid of angels because they can ZAP them with a ball of light.

When does an Angel leave the home?

Angels are very sensitive to bad words so if there is swearing going on they immediately leave. They also do not like pictures of humans or animals displayed on the walls or dogs living inside the home.


Check out ‘My Special Angels’ a children’s title that introduces the Kiraman and Katabin, the two noble scribes! written by Razana Noor and illustrated Omar Burgess.

Razana Noor

About the author: Razana was born and raised in Surrey, UK. She has a degree in Law and a diploma in Quran & Islamic Studies. Writing fun, entertaining Islamic children’s books is her passion!

Kube: Behind the Scenes – Illustrations

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Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when a book is being made?

It’s far too lengthy a process to be disclosed in one post… but today I’m going to share with you some exclusive behind-the-scenes material which explores (to some extent) how illustrations are developed for a book.

Meet Hassan and Aneesa.

 

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Sana Munshey: The Importance of Reading

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Over the last few weeks Kube has been thinking about how we will use Ramadan to read more in order to enhance our understanding and experience of this holy month. Books are also a great way of introducing Ramadan to your children, as they provide the perfect platform for shared discussion and contemplation in an enjoyable and engaging way.

As part of our Read in Ramadan campaign, we have asked some of our authors to discuss how they have used books to inspire themselves and others. We spoke to author Sana Munshey about writing, reading and inspiring children to do the same!

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Kube: We have been thinking about ways we can encourage others to read more and, in particular, how to inspire a younger generation to engage with books. As an author, do you feel this is part of your own thinking when it comes to writing for children?

Sana Munshey: Yes, definitely! We live in a world where children are presented with too many distractions. It is easier to get a child to busy themselves with electronic devices than it is to get them to read chapter books. Their attention span needs attention; if a book does not catch and keep their interest from the beginning, children are likely to leave it altogether.

This is especially true with Islamic books. Children are likely to choose other books over the available Islamic literature, because it simply does not keep their attention. Over the past few years, however, many new exciting titles have emerged in the world of Islamic Books for the youth. The key, I believe, is to portray Islamic values for children so that they can relate them back to their own lives.

K: In We’re Off to Make ‘Umrah, you take the reader on a journey to Makkah when perhaps they will not experience this themselves for many years. Were you conscious of this when writing the book?

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SM: Yes. I think picture books are a good way to introduce children to a reality they will later come to know, inshAllah. Nurturing the love of the Ka’bah, I feel, is especially important for the hearts of young believers. Located in Makkah, the birthplace of the Prophet (S), the Ka’bah is not only important because we make Umrah and Hajj there. Rather, it is the symbol of Islamic unity, the direction of the prayer for Muslims all over the world. It also connects the Muslim nation with the Prophet Abraham (PBUH), as it was he and his son, Ismail, who built the Ka’bah much before the coming of Muhammad (S). Thus, the Ka’bah stands in history as the very first house of worship built on Earth.

K: What inspires you to read, and how have you been encouraged to read (particularly when you were younger) in the past?

SM: I have always followed my interests! If I like a subject matter, I seek to read more about it. Similarly, I try to read to my children according to their interests. That way I know their minds will be engaged. They will not be passive listeners, rather, in my experience, they listen with intent, ask very intelligent questions, and keep asking for more.

K: As an author and a mother, what advice would you give other parents who would like to encourage their children to read more?

SM: It’s not always easy to get a child to become a reader. Some children have a natural liking to read; others may go through a “I hate reading” phase; they may find it difficult to read, or may need to find the kinds of books that interest them. It’s a struggle sometimes to find what works best for the child’s individual needs. My suggestion would be to continue to offer different genres, authors, and styles of writing; sooner or later something will click. It’s important not to be too pushy. Every child is different and may require a different approach. As parents we have to remind them the importance of reading. For Muslims the importance of reading originates from revelation. The first word of the Quran revealed upon our Prophet (S) was: “Read!”

K: Thank you for talking to us, Sana.

SM: Thank you!


Sana Munshey is the author of We’re Off to Make ‘Umrah, available from Kube.
Her new title We’re Off to Pray is an upcoming release from Kube.

We’re Off to Make ‘Umrah

http://www.kubepublishing.com/authors/sana-munshey/

 

J. Samia Mair: Write, and Keep Writing

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While we are thinking about the importance of reading and engaging with books, we have asked some of our authors to explore how they have used their writing to inspire themselves and others.

Author J. Samia Mair talks about losing herself in her writing, the role of her working environment and how everyone has a story to tell…


The other day I was listening to a Shaykh who said that after knowing who God is the next questions to ask oneself are: “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” He mentioned that one way to help discover if your activities are in line with your higher self is if you lose track of time when engaged in that activity. Apparently Einstein wouldn’t eat for days at times when engrossed in some scientific pursuits. It made me wonder. Is there anything I do where I lose track of time? One of the answers that came back was writing.

I can write for hours and hours and not even notice what time it is; it is usually the adhan calling from my computer that reminds me that time has passed. My family even joke about it—if I am writing a book, for instance, they usually just leave me alone, knowing that I am in the “zone”. Sometimes, they can be in my same little basement office room trying to talk to me, and I don’t even know they are here until one of my daughters calls me by my first name.

My office, which is exceedingly small, becomes my world for long periods of time— when I’m lucky. It is functional at best. It still needs to be painted in an inspirational color yet to be decided. I have a photo of the Green Dome and a minaret from the Prophet’s, blessings and peace be upon him, masjid that I have taped to the once white, now marked up wall. It inspires me, along with some drawings my daughters drew when they were younger and a few other muses. Our two cats drop in from time to time to look out the window, get a quick pet, or sleep on top of my bookshelf. There are scattered papers everywhere, books, homeschool supplies, office supplies, a hodgepodge of used furniture and storage containers, and other clutter too insignificant to mention—and of course my computer. I remember—and this dates me—when I would write by hand on a yellow notebook. Initially, I thought typing into a computer would hamper my creativity—that typing into a keyboard was somehow too many steps between ideas forming in the brain and being documented. I’m sure that is nearly impossible to understand for those who were born after computers. I get it. I could never go back to writing by hand on paper now, but I do remember my reluctance to give up the pen and paper.

9780860375814I think I lose myself in my writing because I lose myself in my characters and stories. I ruminate over a plot for months, even years, before I actually put it to paper—oh, I forgot, to screen. That’s why I love the idea of sequels, as I am not quite ready to let my characters go. Right now I am working on a sequel to Zak and His Good Intentions, and I have the plot nearly complete for a sequel to The Great Race to Sycamore Street. I am also working on a historical novel, which I have been wanting to write for years—and this might actually be the year to start it, insha’Allaah.

People often tell me that they have a great idea for a book but haven’t written it. I firmly believe anyone can write a book if they want to. We all have a story to tell and our own unique voice to tell it. So, if you love to write, write…and keep writing.


J. Samia Mair is the author of Zak and His Good Intentions, The Great Race to Sycamore Street, The Perfect Gift and Amira’s Totally Chocolate World. All are available from Kube:

Zak and His Good Intentions
The Great Race to Sycamore Street
The Perfect Gift
Amira’s Totally Chocolate World

http://www.kubepublishing.com/authors/j-samia-mair/

Farah Morley: Travel the World and Unlock Your Potential

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As we are encouraging you to read more, we have asked some of our authors to discuss how they have used books to inspire themselves and others.

Author Farah Morley talks about travelling far and wide through a summer of reading, and the opportunity books give both children and adults to discover new worlds and explore different cultures.


 

I would always look forward to the long summer holidays as a kid. It was really all about the chance to go travelling and have adventures. Don’t get me wrong, we were not one of those families that went camping or had flights booked to sandy shores. We didn’t do holidays, unless it was to go see family…not quite the same.

However, that did not limit the potential of each summer for me. Weeks in advance I would earmark a selection of library books, usually with some theme or element that would tie the prose together in my mind. Each volume would be squirrelled away in secret corners of the reference section to be retrieved at the just the perfect time. The day before term ended, the time when the rules of library lending were broken, and the 3 book limit was shunned for being the tyrannical enemy of all book lovers. This was the time, when I would finally haul the gargantuan stack to the counter, glowing with pride at the success of my cunning plan. Indeed it felt like the spoils of war and I the victor. The librarian, tight lipped and knowing, would give me a secret smile in acknowledgement of our shared addiction.

Then the summer would begin. I would travel to India and hear the she wolf fight off a tiger to protect a man cub. I journeyed to Canada where I met a young orphan called Anne who went to live at a cottage called Green Gables. Sometimes, I stumbled in time and space meeting people who had shaped my world, like William Wilberforce or Uri Gagarin. Then to other worlds where luggage ran on many legs and wizards taught at an Unseen University. Oh what a wonderful time I had, and the friends I met along the way each imparted to me a little of themselves. I felt as if I had lived a hundred lives.

Books are the greatest gift that anyone can share, allowing us to glimpse lives and places as yet unknown. When I wrote the Spider and the Doves, I was keenly aware of how our concept of the Hijra is much like the Spider’s, a journey experienced as a story. We get to be part of that narrative only in words and imaginings, and yet it shapes our moral landscape.

When I grew up, and began travelling as an adult, I started to experience books as navigation tools to other cultures. Unifying treads that bind all human experiences in a complex and diverse world. It allowed me to feel less alienated as a traveller so that each place we visited became almost another room in our own home, the planet. I would encourage all who have the gift of being literate and the luxury of obtaining books to use them as keys to unlock our potential to wonder and marvel, and maybe, just maybe if we are lucky, pick up a little wisdom as a keepsake to remember the trip by.

 


Farah Morley is the author of The Spider and the Doves and Hurayrah the Cat: The Snake Catcher. Both are available from Kube:

The Spider and the Doves
Hurayrah the Cat: The Snake Catcher

http://www.kubepublishing.com/authors/farah-morley/

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