Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

Book Summary: 

This book takes the reader on a journey through the world of Islam. Using colors to capture the different aspects of the Muslim faith. “Red is the rug Dad kneels on to pray. Blue is the hijab Mom likes to wear. Gold is the dome of the mosque.” The colors make up the world in which the little girl of the story sees her faith. The book uses many terms that young readers may have never heard of before that are used in the Muslim faith. All the words used to identify the Muslim faith are then defined in a glossary.

Hena Khan
Mehrdokht Amini
Chronicle Books
Guiding Question: 

The way in which you celebrate your faith is most likely different than how others celebrate a different faith or even the same faith. What are the similarities and differences in the way cultures celebrate their faith?

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85): 

Honesty:  In 2001 there was a pretty negative image of the Muslim people because of the terrorist attack on the twin towers. When something negative happens and is associated with a certain group of people we tend to think that all people in that group are bad people, but we should know that that is not the case. What are some ways to stop these stereotypes of people from different faiths or religions?

Empathy:  How can you promote positive reflections of the people of certain religions/cultures even with the bad notion that they sometimes have? How can you help others to understand other religions/cultures?

Advocacy: Ask around your community or class if anyone has been placed into a stereotype because of their faith. Ask them how they reacted to those comments and stereotypes.

Action: Bring in people from the community that are from all backgrounds, faiths, religions, and cultures. Learn about each and have a celebration of all people despite stereotypes.


Reviewed by Tyler Overy, Ohio Northern University teacher candidate