Mommy's Khimar

Mommy's Khimar

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"A young Muslim girl puts on a head scarf and not only feels closer to her mother, she also imagines herself as a queen, the sun, a superhero, and more." -- Publisher description
Publisher: New York, NY : Salaam Reads, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, [2018]
Edition: First Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781534400597
1534400591
Call Number: THOMPKINS-BIGELOW
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Subjects: Scarves -- Juvenile fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction.
Imagination -- Juvenile fiction.
Muslims -- Juvenile fiction.
Clothing and dress -- Juvenile fiction.
Picture books.
Additional Contributors: Glenn, Ebony - Illustrator

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Picture Book: PreSchool - Kindergarten : A young Black American Muslim girl adorably counts the ways in which her mother’s khimar is a source of happiness, comfort, and closeness. Thompkins-Bigelow’s lyrical text is filled with love: “I close my eyes and if I breathe in deeply—really deeply—I sme... Read More »


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RomanceAddict May 09, 2019

"Mommy's Khimar" is gorgeously illustrated and playful in tone. A little girl gets into her mother's closet and admires all of her scarves (khimar/hijab) before pulling out her favorite one - a bright, sunny yellow - to play in. We are treated to the vivid imaginings of a child from that moment onward. Religious diversity is briefly touched upon, but this book is not meant to explain Islam to non-Muslims. This is a story about a child playing dress up with her favorite of her mother's clothing - in this case, a yellow khimar. This beautiful book is sure to become a favorite for those seeking diverse #OwnVoices narratives for children.

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leslie_d_
Nov 26, 2018

Her antics are always mindful of her mother: if they make her smile, or laugh, or make her proud. And you can’t help but wonder if her antics are inspired by her mother. It’s like learning by observation how a cape transforms you into a superhero: once she puts on the khimar, our young girl is transformed into a queen, a celestial being, a nurturing bird, a hero, loved.

You come to understand that the she internalizes all the ways the khamir and her mother means to her. The flowing scarf her mother wears isn’t just an scarf her mother wears, or even takes off for the night for bed. It’s a part of who she is and how she moves about in the world, and within herself.

I believe this humble picture book is going to be just as important in affecting the caregiver/reader’s world view as it will the child/listener’s–and what a painless way to go about it.

Mommy’s Khimar is such a pretty book, accessible style and a pleasure to look at. I know the temptation will be to pick this one up for our “girly-girls,” but the playfulness and the engaging storyteller should have broader appeal.

SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Nov 08, 2018

This adorably illustrated picture book stars a young Muslim girl as she describes her mother's khimar and its many imaginative uses. The girl's grandmother is a Christian, not a Muslim, but as the girl says, "We are a family and we love each other just the same." In her Arabic class, both Muslim and non-Muslim children are pictured. It's a sweet, comforting celebration of family and culture.

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sabed
May 08, 2018

Little girl who is very happy when playing with her mommy's Khimars(scarves). Very colorful picture book.

OPL_AmyW May 05, 2018

In this vibrant celebration of love and imagination, a little girl feel empowered while wearing her mother's beautiful Khimar, her headscarf.

EvaELPL Apr 28, 2018

I adored this sweet, colorful picture book that looks at a young Muslim girl and her family. When she puts on her mommy's khimar (in her favorite color, yellow), she can be a queen, a superhero, and part of a community full of love.

PimaLib_TeneciaP Apr 26, 2018

A young Muslim girl spends her day wrapped in her mother's beautiful yellow khimar. She imagines that she is a superhero in cape. She is "Sunshine". She is wearing a crown with a train. She is a shooting star. I loved that this book taught me what a khimar and hijab are. I also love that the young girl shares that while all of the women in her family do not wear khimars, "We are family and we love each other just the same."

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