CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 16 . . . . December 16, 2011
A Picnic of Poems In Allah’s Green Garden is a collection of 30 poems that cover a range of topics. Through his poems, Dawud Wharnsby addresses the many fears and hopes of young children including, but not limited to, bullying, love and siblings.
Each of Wharnsby’s poems beautifully illustrates one of life’s many lessons. He imparts these morals by using everyday occurrences, such as the darkness of night. Wharnsby expertly balances the tone of his collection by interspersing lighthearted pieces between his more poignant poems.
The use of alliteration and rhyme throughout the book allows for a fun and playful quality that will be enjoyed by young readers. Wharnsby provides an educational component to his work by using Islamic words to aid in the understanding of Islamic concepts. Although A Picnic of Poems In Allah’s Green Garden is clearly targeted to Islamic youngsters, children of all faiths will find value in this collection.
Inderjit Deogun, of Mississauga, ON, is currently pursuing a career in publishing with a particular interest in children’s literature.
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