Arf! Arf! Arf! Bilal dreamed those sounds and the images they evoked day in and day out. He wanted a pet. Many of his friends in his neighborhood and even his teacher at school have this pet. His parents are torn with making a decision that will render him happy but may not follow the guidelines of their religion. How do they solve this conflict? This story explores some of the problems Muslim families face living in a non-Muslim environment and offers some solutions.
All of the illustrations were done by the author. An added bonus are the exercises and activities at the end of the book, including questions that delve into a better understanding of the story and quilt patterns that can be duplicated.
Zakia Iman Shahbaz, an American, is a retired teacher with a Master's degree in Education and a Major in Art,. who taught for many years in public and private schools and traveled to many countries in the Middle East. She is realizing her dream of writing and illustrating stories about Muslim children with broad universal appeal to readers of all religions and cultures. Specifically, she hopes to contribute to cross-cultural understanding. All of the illustrations were done by her.
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