I am here to introduce you to the beautiful book; ‘The Grand Mosque of Paris’.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love books.. be they of any kind.. but oh of course I run away from Horror Genre with a vengeance!

Keeping in mind, the current political situation down south of Canada, I was looking around for content which somehow would destroy the concept that ‘human must and should hate each other’, based on their religion. Specifically, I was searching for a book that I could share with my tween daughter.

I came across a book called ‘The Grand Mosque of Paris’ on amazon. A little research led me to a delightful discovery of it being available in our local Calgary Public Library!

The authors and illustrators for this amazing book are; Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix. The fact that these are not Arabs writing this book, makes it even more interesting to me! I was fascinated to read how they will paint the story. I am sure this book will not be readily available in Asia, but let me not think about that for now…..

Though the title gives an indication of what the story is about…. By no means is the book an easy read with lots of laughter. That is why I had to sit with my 11 year old to read the book with her.

The illustrations are an art-lovers dream! The cheeky comment inside the book cover had me tickled!
It read as:

‘The artwork was created with oil paint applied with brushes, paper towels, and all twenty fingers’

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I don’t want to give away too much about the book, as its a lesson in history for all ages. That said, I was happy to read how people came together from different backgrounds to help each other. The love of humanity shined through all obstacles.

Hmm.. somehow the current situation in the south reminds me the similarities with this book..

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I will be honest. ThisĀ is a one-time read, yet it is a ‘must-read’ all the same! The illustrations and the fact-based history keeps you gripped to the story-line.

It is in these times of dividends, that we need to bring back lessons in humanity…and what better way than to remember our history with others through stories!

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Tell me if you read this book and what did you think about it?