Friday, June 10, 2011

The Genius of Islam by Bryn Barnard -ADVISABLE

Barnard, Bryn The Genius of Islam-How Muslims made the modern world, 40 pgs. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2011. $12.23.
This book provides a brief history of Islam the religion, but really delves in into the contributions of the Islamic culture itself. Full of facts and beautiful illustrations regarding contributions across the board –from Medical, Mathematical, Agriculture, Music, Architecture, and more.
This book might be bit complex for an older elementary student, but I still think they will be able to distill useable information for research and reports. Islam is so complex, and I believe this author did a wonderful job distilling the important facts and presenting the information in an intelligent way. However, the book is too simple and childlike looking for Junior High students. In a time of confusion and hostility towards Islam, this book is the perfect way to introduce students to the culture and contributions of Islam in a light that is both positive and interesting. Teachers will enjoy this book as a teaching tool.
Elementary -ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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