I was re-reading an old series: the well-known Anne of Green Gables books, when I was surprised to discover a character with prosopagnosia! I’ve written about this condition before as I have this problem myself, a difficulty or inability to recognize people from their faces. Here are some relevant excerpts, from “Anne of Windy Poplars” by L.M. Montgomery (book 4):
At lunch, my son was pondering a number of theological questions, which he issued to me as usual as I hustled around with eggs and plates while trying to avoid knocking over the yogurt I had set up precariously draining on the counter. The queries continued during the meal, new questions coming as I was struggling to explain the previous questions! If you have kids you may have run into some of the same: “Where is Allah? Is Allah God? Is Allah real? Are other gods real? Is Allah a person?”
In between coming up with answers, I decided that after lunch would be the perfect time to pull out a copy of a book I recently was sent to review, called “Ilyas and Duck Search For Allah.” It was written by Omar Khawaja, a father of three, in response to his own children’s thought-provoking questions. While my son and I had discussed these questions before, you never know which approach will resonate at a particular time, and it was a good opportunity to try another take. I had already pre-examined the book and was saving it for a good time to pull out so I could see my son’s reaction.
In my initial read through, I found it to be engaging, repetitive in a way that kids generally like, and with some unique parts to add interest. The pictures were enjoyable and colorful (it is illustrated by Leo Antolini). Ilyas, a boy of 5, and his friend Duck journey enthusiastically around the world and even outer space searching for Allah. Along the way they encounter various animals which share their knowledge of Allah, and finally, Ilyas arrives at a conclusion. Continue reading