A Powerful, Vibrantly Illustrated Story About The First Day Of School And Two Sisters On One S First Day Of Hijab By Olympic Medalist And Social Justice Activist Ibtihaj MuhammadWith Her New Backpack And Light Up Shoes, Faizah Knows The First Day Of School Is Going To Be Special It S The Start Of A Brand New Year And, Best Of All, It S Her Older Sister Asiya S First Day Of Hijab A Hijab Of Beautiful Blue Fabric, Like The Ocean Waving To The Sky But Not Everyone Sees Hijab As Beautiful, And In The Face Of Hurtful, Confusing Words, Faizah Will Find New Ways To Be StrongPaired With Hatem Aly S Beautiful, Whimsical Art, Olympic Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad And Morris Award Finalist SK Ali Bring Readers An Uplifting, Universal Story Of New Experiences, The Unbreakable Bond Between Siblings, And Of Being Proud Of Who You Are This book is GORGEOUS Empowering and celebratory of Muslim girls who are hijabis, and their families The type of book that will help kids feel seen, and help other kids become understanding This is an important book that should be on all the shelves. A beautiful book It s a true window mirrors book readers will see themselves and others will learn about the Muslim faith. What a wonderful story about rites of passage, the bonds of sisters, overcoming classmate cruelty and taunts, and the importance of faith to a young girl Little sisters look up to older sisters usually and for Faizah watching her sister buy her first hijab and wear it to school on the first day is a special moment Aly s illustrations are beautiful as they bring to life the ocean sky blue color that Asiya selects for her hijab The anonymous way in which the bullies are portrayed is powerful as well.How heartbreaking to put down this book with a smile on my face this morning and then pick up my phone and learn about the terrorist attacks on New Zeeland mosques All the reason to have books like this in our world. Such a gorgeous cover and illustrations, with an amazing story to go along with it The first day of school is special to Faizah and very special for her sister Asiya It s her first day to wear her hijab She picks ocean blue and feels very proud Younger sister Faizah gets very worried when she sees other children making fun of her big sister But they ignore the bullies and become stronger together This beautiful book is about accepting different cultures It s about sisters and its about staying true to yourself A great book to read to young ones and open up a discussion about different traditions. Really is encouraging and beautiful narrative for anyone, whoa re aware they socially culturally different yet unique Prose was beautiful with it s imagery and poetic voice along side the seas of illustrations. I cannot wait to read this story ro my niece It is absolutely beautiful The illustrations are stunning, but the story is so wonderful A story of two sisters For Faizah, it s her first day of school and for her sister Asiya, it her first day of hijab To Faizah the hijab is the ocean and her sister a princess I really loved this story and the author s note at the end Beautiful. A beautiful ownvoice story about a girl who wears hijab to school for the first time and her adoring little sister There are bullies, but the girls faith keeps them strong. A beautiful message and beautiful illustrations Really, I can t get over some of the gorgeous spreads Hatem Aly created to show Asiya s power And I loved how the kids who make fun of her are portrayed without specific defining features.The author, Ibtihaj Muhammad, said she wanted to tell this story to help others see that the parts of ourselves that might make us appear different are worth celebrating This is an amazing book to help anyone who feel othered by their faith realize that they are not alone and that those differences are worth celebrating S K Ali, the co author I believe , said it all when she stated, this book can serve as a testimony to the fire and love within ourselves, which all of us not just those othered for observing hijab can reach for in times of fear and sadness Quotes from the book Some people won t understand your hijab, Mama had said But if you understand who you are, one day they will too.Mama Don t carry around the hurtful words that others say Drop them They are not yours to keep They belong only to those who said them. Wonderful story both for youngsters who need to see themselves and their culture in picture books and to use to introduce the tradition of wearing the hijab.Sweet and celebratory with absolutely gorgeous illustrations by Hatem Aly.
- 40 pages
- The Proudest Blue
- Ibtihaj Muhammad
- 03 February 2017 Ibtihaj Muhammad