the Back Cover --
Little Shaima learns a valuable
lesson in giving for the sake of charity and reward from God after
planting an apple tree with her dad. By learning to give the fruit to
others, including people, animals, and birds, she overcomes the
selfishness she feels about wanting to keep all the fruit to herself.
Based on an Islamic Prophetic saying – Hadith – this story brings to
life the struggle and joy of giving to others and will capture the
interest of all.
Blurbs and reviews
Delightfully charming, Mariam Al-Kalby’s
work introduces children to the enchanting and fairytale world of the
— Dr. Nhora Serrano, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature,
California State University, Long Beach
About the Author
Mariam Al-Kalby is a
storybook writer, poet, blogger, wife, and mother of two young girls
from California. She received her Bachelors in English Education and
Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach. She is a
dreamer and seeks out the creative aspects of life. She loves nature and
natural beauty whether it’s through art, writing, photography, or
architecture...she believes art is in every form and it is up to the
person to see the magic within. This is her fist children’s book. Visit
Mariam’s Blog at apocketfulofnotes.com.
About the Illustrator
Yee Von Chan is a
freelance illustrator and designer from Malaysia who was raised in a
loving and supportive environment that nurtured her artistic talent.
Mostly inspired by nature, her artwork mainly encompasses fairytales and
fantasies as she imagines them. Her artwork is her secret diary, sharing
her journey and allowing her audience to grow with her. Yee Von also
enjoys exploring different forms of artwork, as well as stargazing and
watching clouds pass by in a clear blue sky. She also has a line of
paper goods with her whimsical designs. Visit her website at
chanyeevon.com.For this book, Yee Von Chan hand-drew the art with ink,
then colored it digitally using vintage colors in her famous
woodland-inspired, whimsical style.