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Visitors to the mosque at Cordoba are plagued by the tricks of three naughty boys: Muslim Rashid, Jewish Samuel, and Christian Miguel. As punishment, the boys are forced to work in the mosque gardens, where they develop a deep sense of the building's beauty and significance. Years later, when the Christian king threatens to demolish the Islamic mosque and build a church in Visitors to the mosque at Cordoba are plagued by the tricks of three naughty boys: Muslim Rashid, Jewish Samuel, and Christian Miguel. As punishment, the boys are forced to work in the mosque gardens, where they develop a deep sense of the building's beauty and significance. Years later, when the Christian king threatens to demolish the Islamic mosque and build a church in its place, the three friends reunite to hatch a plan to save the great mosque. Ann Jungman's moving story and Shelley Fowles's captivating images show how cooperation and respect for others can lead to great things.


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Visitors to the mosque at Cordoba are plagued by the tricks of three naughty boys: Muslim Rashid, Jewish Samuel, and Christian Miguel. As punishment, the boys are forced to work in the mosque gardens, where they develop a deep sense of the building's beauty and significance. Years later, when the Christian king threatens to demolish the Islamic mosque and build a church in Visitors to the mosque at Cordoba are plagued by the tricks of three naughty boys: Muslim Rashid, Jewish Samuel, and Christian Miguel. As punishment, the boys are forced to work in the mosque gardens, where they develop a deep sense of the building's beauty and significance. Years later, when the Christian king threatens to demolish the Islamic mosque and build a church in its place, the three friends reunite to hatch a plan to save the great mosque. Ann Jungman's moving story and Shelley Fowles's captivating images show how cooperation and respect for others can lead to great things.

30 review for Most Magnificent Mosque

  1. 5 out of 5

    A.khanom

    The Magnificent Mosque by A.Jungman and S Fowles. This book is filled with beautiful illustrations and based on a true story in historical Cordoba, a city in southern Spain. The people of Cordoba were proud of their mosque and the gardens full of orange trees that surrounded it but three boys from three different faiths, Rashid- Muslim, Samuel- Jewish and Miguel- Christian enjoyed playing pranks in the garden by throwing oranges at the local citizens. When caught the Caliph punishes the boys by o The Magnificent Mosque by A.Jungman and S Fowles. This book is filled with beautiful illustrations and based on a true story in historical Cordoba, a city in southern Spain. The people of Cordoba were proud of their mosque and the gardens full of orange trees that surrounded it but three boys from three different faiths, Rashid- Muslim, Samuel- Jewish and Miguel- Christian enjoyed playing pranks in the garden by throwing oranges at the local citizens. When caught the Caliph punishes the boys by ordering them to work in the garden as cleaners. It is then that the boys begin to appreciate the magnificence of the Mosque, its courtyard and garden. The story then moves forward in time and the city of Cordoba is taken over by Christian rule. When the Christian King Fernando threatens to destroy the Mosque and turn it into a church the three boys (now men), unite together and manage to persuade the King that; the citizens of Cordoba would like the Mosque to remain, to which the King agreed. The three boys with their respective faith united as one voice in the face of power. This is an excellent book that can stimulate discussion amongst children and can be used as part of Citizenship, PSHE or RE lessons at KS1 and KS2. It teaches children about tolerance and mutual respect between members of different communities.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark Jepson

    The Most Magnificent Mosque Ann Jungman has written a book which tells a story of how people of different faiths can co-exist and live happily and peacefully with one and other. The book is a historical fiction story set in Cordoba, Spain, and starts in the 8th century AD where Arabs had conquered the city and pulled the church down, replacing it with a mosque. Christians re-conquered the city in 1236 and replaced the mosque with a church. Tired of the upheaval and friction between people of diff The Most Magnificent Mosque Ann Jungman has written a book which tells a story of how people of different faiths can co-exist and live happily and peacefully with one and other. The book is a historical fiction story set in Cordoba, Spain, and starts in the 8th century AD where Arabs had conquered the city and pulled the church down, replacing it with a mosque. Christians re-conquered the city in 1236 and replaced the mosque with a church. Tired of the upheaval and friction between people of different religions, three boys, one of Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths, put their differences to one side and became close friends. There is a wonderful moral to this story which makes it a perfect book to be read by young children and touches on many aspects relevant to Citizenship lessons. Jungman’s story promotes tolerance and respect between people of different faiths or cultures. This book is ideal for all children, particularly those living in multi-faith communities such as London.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abid

    This is a great book that tell the story of how visitors to the mosque at Cordoba are plagued by the tricks of three naughty boy; Muslim Rashid, Jewish Samuel, and Christian Miguel. As punishment for their behaviour, the boys are forced to work in the mosque gardens where they develop a deep sense of the building's beauty and significance. Many years later when the Christian King threatens to demolish the Islamic mosque and build a church in its place, the three friends reunite to hatch a plan t This is a great book that tell the story of how visitors to the mosque at Cordoba are plagued by the tricks of three naughty boy; Muslim Rashid, Jewish Samuel, and Christian Miguel. As punishment for their behaviour, the boys are forced to work in the mosque gardens where they develop a deep sense of the building's beauty and significance. Many years later when the Christian King threatens to demolish the Islamic mosque and build a church in its place, the three friends reunite to hatch a plan to save the great mosque. The book can be used in RE or PSHE lesson to teach children of all ages about the importance of respect for others, and how by working together a positive outcome can be achieved.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emma Hamilton

    This book shows three boys living in Cordoba- one is Jewish, one is a Muslim and one is a Christian. The three boys play together in the grounds of the mosque but end up causing trouble and getting caught. They are punished and forced to work in the gardens for three months. Every night they would go into the mosque together. Samuel who was Jewish and Miguel who was a Christian did not realise how beautiful the mosque really was until they went inside. They began to love working in the garden an This book shows three boys living in Cordoba- one is Jewish, one is a Muslim and one is a Christian. The three boys play together in the grounds of the mosque but end up causing trouble and getting caught. They are punished and forced to work in the gardens for three months. Every night they would go into the mosque together. Samuel who was Jewish and Miguel who was a Christian did not realise how beautiful the mosque really was until they went inside. They began to love working in the garden and truly appreciated the beauty of the mosque. Years later when they learnt that the mosque was in danger they came back together to help save it. The book tales the story of three different religions working together for the same thing. This is a truly lovely story with a very important message.

  5. 4 out of 5

    WheeldonHS

    The Most Magnificent Mosque is such a lovely book! Based on a true story, it tells the tale of three childhood friends of seperate faiths - Islam, Judaism, and Christianity - who unite as adults to convince a new Christian king not to destroy the Great Mosque. It's a beautiful and vibrant picture book that shows how tolerance and mutal respect between members of different communities is a very powerful thing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emma Higley

    KS2- Brilliant. Stunning, colourful illustrations, go with a wonderful story which shows us how, if we work together regardless of faith or background, we can preserve and protect our communities and keep what is beautiful in them. The story is also based on real historical events which adds another layer of interest for children. Brilliant for RS and PSHE discussions and explorations.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Werdha Amjad

    This book has some very important messages within it e.g the unity of religions that can be relevant across the whole school as well as equality between religions. With its beautiful illustrations, it can be used as part of Art lessons studying Islamic patterns as well as RE.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Mills

    A lovely book of communities coming together

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gita Savitri Putri

    😭💕 *detail review later. Still wanna cry. This is great book

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy Aldridge

    A beautiful book that considers different religions. Teaches respect of other peoples beliefs in any exciting, enjoyable way.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Ages 4 and up. Based on a true story, a tale of interfaith cooperation among three Christian, Jewish and Muslim men who cherish the awe-inspiring Mezquita in Spain and stand up to the new Christian King Ferdnando when he wins the war and orders it destroyed. He ultimately compromises and builds a chapel in the middle of the Mezquita while letting people of all faiths enjoy the building and the gardens. This is a departure from the facts - Ferdinand and Isabella were the instigators of the Spanis Ages 4 and up. Based on a true story, a tale of interfaith cooperation among three Christian, Jewish and Muslim men who cherish the awe-inspiring Mezquita in Spain and stand up to the new Christian King Ferdnando when he wins the war and orders it destroyed. He ultimately compromises and builds a chapel in the middle of the Mezquita while letting people of all faiths enjoy the building and the gardens. This is a departure from the facts - Ferdinand and Isabella were the instigators of the Spanish Inquisition that forced Jewish Spaniards to convert or leave the kingdom. Requests from Muslims today to worship at the Mezquita have thusfar been rejected by the Vatican. But the happy ending presented here is an appropriate fairy tale for preschoolers for learning the value of religious tolerance and interfaith friendship.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Rice

    Beautifully, beautifully illustrated. I enjoyed the moral of the story, but I wish it had just a bit more plot to it. Otherwise, it was a wonderful children's book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    CKE387

    "In the early 8th Century AD, the Arabs conquered southern Spain and transformed Cordoba into a centre of wealth and learning. They pulled down the church and began building their great mosque (La Mezquita) with its fountain, Courtyard of the Orange Trees and forest of columns supporting the roof. It became the second largest mosque in the Islamic world. When the Christians re-conquered Cordoba in 1236, they converted the building for Christian use. Spaniards now look back with pride at the tole "In the early 8th Century AD, the Arabs conquered southern Spain and transformed Cordoba into a centre of wealth and learning. They pulled down the church and began building their great mosque (La Mezquita) with its fountain, Courtyard of the Orange Trees and forest of columns supporting the roof. It became the second largest mosque in the Islamic world. When the Christians re-conquered Cordoba in 1236, they converted the building for Christian use. Spaniards now look back with pride at the tolerant rule of the Moors when three religions lived peacefully side by side. Cordobans do not say, "I went to Mass at the Cathedral", but "I went to Mass at the Mosque." This is a story of friendship between three friends, a Christian, a Jew, and a Moslem who works together to save the Mosque. Delightful story about tolerance and friendship across cultural lines.

  14. 4 out of 5

    The Styling Librarian

    The Most Magnificent Mosque by Ann Tungman, illustrated by Shelley Fowles – Fascinating to jump back in time to 1236 Cordoba where Spaniards have historical pride when three religions lived peacefully side by side. How powerful is a story that has three religious communities “with one voice” are able to speak up to their new king to help all citizens. I’d share this voice in connection with units where you are talking about taking action and how a small voice can still be powerful.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    I don't usually grant many books a five star rating but this book is one that I hope everyone has a chance to read and share with their children of all ages. The author tells the story of the Great Mosque of Cordoba in a manner in which is unbiased or swaying towards any of the three major religions represented in the story. I would encourage parents and teachers alike to use it as an introduction to the teaching of tolerance and acceptance both in the classroom and at home.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Lovely book about three children -- one Christian, one Jewish, one Muslim -- who grow up playing together in the gardens of the Great Mosque in Cordoba, Spain. When King Ferdinand threatens to pull down the mosque, the three (now adults) band together to save the mosque. A much-needed story about interfaith friendship that isn't (pardon the pun) preachy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christie Suh

    The Most Magnificent Mosque tells the story of three boys who put their religions aside in favor of friendship and fun. This is a great story for children to acknowledge differences between one another and understand that no matter how different your beliefs may be, we can still learn to get along with one another.

  18. 5 out of 5

    N

    What a timely find!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Nice story about people of different faiths coming together to save an important part of their town. Good in conjuction with an elementary school social studies lesson on the Moors in Spain.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kupu cantik Mayshita

    i wish somebody cant wrote a book like this about HAGIA SOFIA, Istanbul :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rida

    It was really nice how they showed the friendship between all three religions. It's doesn't happen very often so I was happy!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cris

    Lovely tale of friendship but light on dates and observable artistic detail.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Rachel

    Enjoyable! Beautiful colors and a great story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    Cool book about the Great Mosque in Cordoba, Spain. I recommend it for kids as part of the conversation about religious diversity and tolerance.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

    Read at story time at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC in July 2012.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mariëlle

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Richa Jha

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julie

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