Just a fortnight ago, I had placed an order for the book called ‘Tales from the Treasure Chest’ authored by Ayesha Marfani. I had promised her this review and so here it is 🙂
The book contains three stories that are remarkable in the lessons that they convey. I found the language to be slightly advanced for Lil Man (7 years) and Wise Man (6 years). So, I am hoping they will find the book lucid enough to read once they turn around 11 or 12 years old, in sha Allah. Meanwhile, I will preserve this treasure for them (pun intended ☺)
Having read the stories myself, it dawned on me that we could easily impart valuable lessons to kids by equipping them with these kind of stories. The first story is about two sisters who are unhappy with their blessings. One wants to be cleverer and the other desires to look more beautiful because her sister is. The tale continues to relate how both of them realise that it is only through contentment that they can achieve what they wish to and how being ungrateful can make them miserable.
The second tale is of an amusing story-telling session between some elders and kids where the children realise how tough it is to be a parent and why they do what they do. Vice-versa the parents also understand the minds of kids and how it is not easy to be small. I liked the concept and think it is a good way to empathise with the roles of both parents and children.
The third narrative talks about a boy who is adventurous and is thought to be a good-for-nothing fellow. But he moves on to become a successful businessman. Only to realise that money cannot buy us everything and the most important of all things is to first become a good human being.
The book is all of 48 pages and cost me ₹765 /- since it was imported from UK, I’m guessing. My favourite among the three fables is the first one about the twin sisters. I have yet to find out which ones my boys will grow fond of in sha Allah.
I like that Ayesha Marfani stresses upon God-consciousness in her stories. The morals are deeply meaningful and relevant to the problems that kids face in this consumerist age. The examples make you sit back and evaluate life goals and what kind of humans are we striving to become.
The illustrations are sort of hazy. It’s good that they kept away from exhibiting mouth and eyes, following the Islamic rulings. Albeit, the images could have been made a bit more discernible.
I wish good luck and success to Ayesha Marfani. It’s always a pleasure to see women following their passion and doing great at it 😊
Do let me know when anyone of you purchases this book. I am also planning to leave a comment on Amazon as a brief review, in sha Allah.
Au revoir ⚘