The Spider and the Doves is a lovely narration of the well-known story of the time that Prophet Muhammad SAW and Abu Bakr RA embarked on the historic journey to Medina. Told from the perspective of the spider and the doves that were present in the Cave of Thawr with them, it is a great resource to introduce children to the magnificence and significance of the Hijra. The book is targeted at age 6-9. The text is quite lengthy so probably not suited for younger children. Having said that, it is well written and the story flows well. It doesn’t only talk about the journey of the Hijra, but also gives background information about Makkah before the advent of Islam as well as a description of Prophet Muhammad SAW – his character, personality and message. The illustrations use a silhouette technique whereby the characters are shown as blackened images against a backdrop of beautiful watercolours. It may not keep the interest of younger audiences, but combined with the strong narrative, the depth of the images is enough to keep a 6 year old interested.