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MCBD: Wisdom Tales Books, Lee and Low, Chronicle Books and Author, Susan Fayad.
Title: My Grandfather's Masbaha
Author: Susan Fayad
Illustrator: Avery Liell-Kok
Publisher: Author House, Oct 1 2013
Topic: Gratitude, Respectful, Thankfulness, Culture and Traditions
It was a summer day in Lebanon. Adam was visiting his grandparents (jidoo and sitoo) in their hometown of Bakeefa.
Adam doesn't know how lucky he is until his Grandad teaches him how to count his blessings. One summer day at his grandparents’ home in Lebanon, Adam gets upset after his friends leave after a play date. His grandfather helps him to count his blessings.
Prayer Bead Around the World: The Multicultural History of Prayer Beads
Museum of Anthropology: Prayer Beads, A Cultural Experience
Arts and Crafts: Make a Masbaha or Prayer Bead. A simple instruction list can be found here.
What I Like About the Book:
This was a sweet story with a universal theme and appeal. Parents and their children will recognize the emotional outburst of Adam when he announces "he has nothing," when he finds himself alone after his friends leave for the day. There is also the theme of gratitude and counting our blessings that is shared by most if not all cultures, races and religions. Adam's grandfather shows all the love, patience and compassion a grandfather can give when he shows -not tells- Adam he has a lot to be grateful for. I think this is very important in passing on values to children. It is easy to tell a child s/he is being ungrateful, however, the child does not learn respect, gratitude, patience or compassion or even learn how to be grateful. But when you allow children to recognize and experience for him/herself the things they have to be grateful, then they keep that skill with them as they grow up and face bigger challenges in life. While I did enjoy the story, I was not impressed with the illustrations of the book. They were okay but very flat.