TITLE: The Proudest Blue
AUTHOR: Ibtihaj Muhammad
ILLUSTRATOR: Hatem Aly
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books For Young Reaaders, 2019
SYNOPSIS: “With 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 strong.
Paired with Hatem Aly’s beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali bring readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.“
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : In a climate of world wide inclusion, it’s nice to have so many books to share other cultures with children who may not be exposed to those ideas otherwise. I have been lucky to have many friends from all over the world, and I love learning about other cultural traditions. Ms. Mohammad helped clear up my misconception over the purpose of the hijab for one of her characters in this touching story. But wearing a lovely blue garment over one’s hair can sometimes bring with it misunderstanding, and teasing, which can result in sadness for the wearer. Illustrator, Hatem Aly, creates lovely watercolor artwork to help young readers understand how important cultural traditions can be. It’s also a chance to learn how a family’s faith and love can allow one girl to be a shining example to her younger sister on how to stand tall in THE PROUDEST BLUE. Definitely a great addition to any library!
RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****
1 star…probably not worth your time.
2 stars…there are some things to like, but could elements have been stronger.
3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers but others might find it lacking something.
4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.
5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!
“Eight-year-old Hailey loved wearing hats! She had a special hat for almost every adventure of the week! But what happens when she runs out of hats? Who will she be then?
HAILEY’S HATS celebrates one child’s imagination, while challenging ALL children to take another look in the mirror to see the fabulous person looking back at them!“
***Ebook on sale now for $2.99! Softcover also available! (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09QXV4NVC/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1)***
Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.
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