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|Publisher:||Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Lexile:||AD560L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow is a passionate educator, anti-racism activist, wife, and mother of two. She is a 2016 MuslimARC Muslim Anti-Racism–AMEL Fellow. She lives in Philadelphia with her family. Mommy’s Khimar is her first picture book.
Ebony Glenn is an illustrator and artist living on the quiet outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia. With an arts degree in drawing and painting from UNG, she aspires to bring stories to life with fanciful illustrations that are filled with whimsy and charm to provide rich literary experiences for readers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This beautiful book gives children a lovely glimpse into life in a Muslim American home. A young girl loves her mother and the gorgeous head scarves that she wears. When she dresses-up in Mommy’s khimar, she can become anything from a beautiful bird to a super hero. The illustrations are absolutely stunning, a fabulous debut for both author and illustrator.
Bright and beautiful illustrations! I love the whimsical, imaginative feel of this book. And great representation to boot!
Told from the perspective of a young Muslim girl, this book will be relatable to any girl who loves to dress up in Mommy's clothes. This book is wonderful on many levels -- reflecting children who may not often see themselves in books, providing a window into a Muslim culture, showing how families can be mixed and still love each other, and making it all very accessible and friendly. The warm and bright illustrations reflect the main character, her family, and their lives. Charmingly told.
Debut author Bigelow depicts a child’s wonderful, busy day in MOMMY’S KHIMAR.“A khimar is a flowing scarf that my mommy wears” says a young Muslim girl who loves to dress-up in her mother’s rainbow collection of headscarves. Fun and fancy are foremost in her mind as she incorporates the beautiful khimars in her imaginative play. The yellow khimar – another term for hijab – is her favorite and she dreams of wearing it like a queen, or a superhero, flying through the sky like a star. Mama sees the girl at play, but smiles tenderly rather than scolds. The scarf carries her familiar, motherly fragrance of coconut oil, cocoa butter and cinnamon, making it even more special to her daughter. The girl is also loved and celebrated by her father, teachers and her grandmother, wrapped in tangible and intangible messages of love and welcome. Glenn’s bright, sunny illustrations are sweet and appealing, using vibrant colors that compliment the warm, well-rounded story and keep the focus squarely on the girl’s fun. The energetic images cool to soft blue-purples as night falls and the beloved khimar returns to her mother’s closet. Even in her dreams the heroine recalls the tender embrace of her family and community, but her mother most of all. A delightful depiction of an ordinary day in the life of a cheerful and charming child.
This is a beautiful, sweet story of a special mother-daughter relationship, and, though the khimar is a cultural tradition that some will identify with and some will learn about, children everywhere will recognize the play and imagination of the main character. While even within this family there is diversity, the story rings with universals.
I found the pastel colors of this book immediately inviting. And the illustrations are so Disney-esque, bright, and happy--a promise fulfilled by the rest of the book! A little Muslim girl plays dress-up with her mother's khimar. We see her in the closet with the many-colored headscarves. We see her playing make-believe, snuggling her brother, and jumping into her daddy's arms. Children will be able to relate to this sweet little girl, which is great for those less familiar with her faith. I also love that books like this can exist for children who may have rarely--or never--seen themselves in a picture book before. Really, this book is made for everyone. Further diversity is shown with the Christian grandmother and the child's teacher using another word for the girl's khimar (hijab). The prevalent theme, for me, throughout the book was how much the girl is loved by everyone around her--most especially her mother. It's one of those books that will leave you content, warm, and a little more educated about the the beautiful people in this world.
Mommy’s Khimar is a stunning book. The art is just lovely! This book is a special one because it helps demystify the headdress that some women wear. This book shows how we are all the same in family and love, whether you wear a Khimar or not. I liked how the book shows the love and acceptance of the grandma who doesn’t wear a khimar. I loved this take on “playing mommy”. It’s wonderful!